A Boy Who Could See Only Purple


Through intense, lyrical images, Dean Kostos presents the early life of an intense, lyrical boy.

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Tree of the Apple


Kelly DuMar masterfully captures “the holy moment that saves your life” in this deceptively simple prose poem.

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Goodnight Moon


Equal parts lullaby and elegy, James Arthur’s poem is for children present and past.

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Feminine Side


Shane Allison explores and celebrates a particular version of femininity in this confessional poem.

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Two Seconds


Kris Bigalk creates eros in few words and a simple gesture.

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R.G. Evans takes a sobering look at a failed marriage and a man’s attempt to do right by his daughter.

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The House After She’s Gone


Lynn Marie Houston brings us one man’s moment of vulnerability and one woman’s responding compassion.

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Anatomy for Medical Students


Poet Jessica Rapisarda takes us inside the moment and body of a childhood lesson.

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Heid E. Erdrich shows us the inner life of a devoted husband and father.

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Philip Clark recalls a combative father, and the unintended lessons he learned about men and love.

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Sonnet (Unrhymed)


David Bergman conveys the joy of a long-term relationship in this variation on the sonnet form.

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Upon Hearing that My Grandfather Would Like to See More Tears


Brian Baumgart goes to a darkly reflective and emotionally honest place in this poem.

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In Search of Abe in Dupont Circle


L. Lamar Wilson recounts a heady encounter between two young people who may or may not be acting as a queer mirror of Abraham Lincoln’s younger years.

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Goodbye, Sancho Panza


Don Quixote’s sidekick comes into his own in this unpredictable poem from Justin Hamm.

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A Sunday Walk with Father


Todd Davis draws tight parallels between the world of trees and the world of humans.

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With Apologies


Adam Hughes riffs on the poet Galway Kinnell to create his own quietly ecstatic love poem.

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