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.
Brian Baumgart goes to a darkly reflective and emotionally honest place in this poem.
Don Quixote’s sidekick comes into his own in this unpredictable poem from Justin Hamm.
Todd Davis draws tight parallels between the world of trees and the world of humans.
Adam Hughes riffs on the poet Galway Kinnell to create his own quietly ecstatic love poem.
Tina Cane remembers a television actor and a paternal figure, glossing neither the beauty nor the flaws.
Elvis Alves reflects on darker aspects of human nature in this ekphrastic (based on a piece of visual art) poem.
L. Lamar Wilson writes of a gay son, an ill mother, and their deeply felt intimacy.
Helen Wing gives voice to the horrors perpetrated on young women and men in the 2011 Libyan uprising.
Stephen Scott Whitaker raises the uncomfortable yet important subject of one’s children’s burgeoning sexuality.
Kenny Fries recounts an intimate moment, at the intersection of memory and vulnerability.
Writer and teacher Jane Wohl tries to come to terms with the Boston Marathon Bombing in this elegaic poem.
An injured man is forced to reassess his relationship to family and work in this moving poem from Jia Oak Baker.
Allen Fraser Clark captures the frustration and desire of young men, eager for sexual expression and frightened by it.
David Eye offers a moment of horror and a moment of beauty at the airport.
Luther Hughes brings together the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary pop/R&B, introducing Langston Hughes to Beyoncé.