Shevaun Brannigan uses a familiar image in a fresh, stunning, sustained way.
By turns wistful, by turns puckish, David Bergman’s tribute to gay adult film of yesteryear is a fun twist on the language of nostalgia.
Kenny Fries writes of love, AIDS, and their difficult overlap.
Lois Roma-Deeley offers an enigmatic look at a husband and a wife who have lived lives “no one thought practical.”
Nora Meiners writes as the white mother of a biracial son, reflecting on black male bodies and the perils that attend them.
Laurie Kolp paints a portrait of a hard living man and the nature of inevitability.
Faced with a racist pickup line, the speaker of Jia Oak Baker’s poem chooses playfulness over outrage.
Joy Ladin offers a bittersweet remembrance of a father who loved and was loved from a distance.
Sarah Ann Winn celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade of images.
Luther Hughes draws together the writings of Essex Hemphill and a chance encounter on the subway to say something about love, sex, and the lives of “black boys.”
Through intense, lyrical images, Dean Kostos presents the early life of an intense, lyrical boy.
Kelly DuMar masterfully captures “the holy moment that saves your life” in this deceptively simple prose poem.
Equal parts lullaby and elegy, James Arthur’s poem is for children present and past.
Shane Allison explores and celebrates a particular version of femininity in this confessional poem.
Kris Bigalk creates eros in few words and a simple gesture.
R.G. Evans takes a sobering look at a failed marriage and a man’s attempt to do right by his daughter.