Through intense, lyrical images, Dean Kostos presents the early life of an intense, lyrical boy.
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.”
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.
Lynn Marie Houston brings us one man’s moment of vulnerability and one woman’s responding compassion.
Poet Jessica Rapisarda takes us inside the moment and body of a childhood lesson.
Heid E. Erdrich shows us the inner life of a devoted husband and father.
Philip Clark recalls a combative father, and the unintended lessons he learned about men and love.
David Bergman conveys the joy of a long-term relationship in this variation on the sonnet form.
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.
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.