My Almost Date with a Cowboy, Polebridge, Montana

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Karen Paul Holmes’s poem captures the tension between desire and distaste.

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Beyond Unmaking

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Pepper Trail’s poem is a striking meditation on the impermanence of the interrelated natural and human worlds.

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In Defense of Driftwood

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Peter LaBerge’s poem resonates painfully with the Orlando shooting and with the broader culture of LGBTQ victimization which enabled it.

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Belly Full of Bees

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Grant Clauser reflects on how hard it can be to communicate love in the human world.

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County Line Poem

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Ashley Inguanta delivers powerful, earned emotion in this brief poem on boundaries and love’s expansiveness.

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With My Daughter at the County Fair

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A father reflects on his changing relationship with his growing daughter in Benjamin Myers’s tender poem.

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Old War Movies and the News

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Army veteran and GMP favorite Dwight Gray shares a winning poem on war, socialization, and one boy’s path to soldierhood.

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The Rest of Us

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Tom Mallouk subtly and profoundly takes on on the painful subject of boyhood sexual abuse in this wrenching poem.

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Lullaby

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Susan Comninos’s poem is a wife’s tender, quiet, and deeply felt tribute to a husband.

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The Leopard

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Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.

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Caveman Survey

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Ray McManus makes his GMP debut with this intense, introspective poem on husbands, wives, and their many intimacies.

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Unforgotten

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Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.

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Dear Mississippi,

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Ed Madden gives a powerful reading of his poem written in response to Mississippi’s HB 1523–an anti-gay, anti-trans “religious freedom” law which, oddly enough, names poetry as a specific good or service that can be denied.

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Childhood

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In advance of Mother’s Day, here’s a poem from Christopher Nelson which celebrates beauty and a son’s love for his mom. It’s also one of those poems that makes you go “Oh!” at the end.

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Sailing the Distance

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Lauren Camp honors the creative accomplishments of a California man who also happened to be an illiterate immigrant.

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Connecticut Holds Transgender Girl in Male Adult Prison

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Bathrooms are not the only battleground for transgender rights. Peter LaBerge speaks in the persona of a Connecticut trans girl, incarcerated alongside men.

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