In a poem that some will find creepy and others will find darkly funny, Ann Clark reminds us that the people we love often hide secrets.
Margaret Rhee elegizes the Gaza dead in a prose poem of remarkable tenderness. Blending the personal and political, she questions “The difference between wound and womb…Palestinian and Israeli…You and me.”
Sometimes men get so hung up on a particular definition of “success” that they fail to realize the good they’re doing just by being themselves. J.D. Smith reminds us of this important lesson in a poem that deftly engages the mythic.
L. Lamar Wilson raises a powerful memory of sameness and difference– a father-son moment that is both tender and sorrowful.
As much as Angel Garcia’s speaker insists “this is not about precision,” this poem is extremely precise–in its language, in its images, in its emotional resonance.
In this poem from his brand new book, award-winning poet Stephen Mills offers a stirring commentary on same-sex marriage, token acceptance, and the politics of “normal.”
Perry Brass’s elegy for Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. demonstrates the dark truth that, in war, one can’t always know who one’s enemy is.
Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.
Dakota Garilli expertly explores the age-old tensions between religion and sexuality, parents and children.
Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.
Dean Kostos brings together Abstract Expressionism and the beauty of the male form.
Masculinity is often tied to pain management. Here, Michael Walsh ponders whether one kind of pain can be used to manage another.
Guillermo Filice Castro writes of everyone’s wounded child–and its role in perpetuating conflict.
Justin Hamm’s speaker confronts an insecurity common to many men and women.
In this convention-defying poem, Stephen Scott Whitaker reminds us that gender identity, sexual orientation, and clothing choice are not necessarily related.