Tom Mallouk writes touchingly of a deceased friend and the small bit of impermanence that remains.
Jung Hae Chae’s poem is both an exquisite lyric and an incisive meditation on race and belonging. A must-read.
Kenny Fries writes of injuries both physical and spiritual, and “openings” which are simultaneously literal and metaphoric.
Aimee Herman takes a queer look at what has become a common rite of passage for young men.
Borrowing a term from T.S. Eliot, poet and scholar Merrill Cole writes on duality and connection, the link between the poetic, the political…and peanut butter cups.
Hayden Saunier remembers a beloved friend in this Greek tragedy of a poem.
Laura Foley’s poem works to come to terms with loss by juxtaposing the language of dreams with one stark, unforgettable image.
“Visibility” is at the heart of Ed Madden’s poem about love, relationships, and same-sex marriage.
Over the past week, we have presented the 6 poems that poetry editor Charlie Bondhus has nominated for Sundress Press’s 2014 “Best of the Net” anthology. Here they are all together.
Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.
Matthew Lippman’s poem provides a dark yet quirky look at contemporary manhood.
Sweet and sad at the same time, this poem from Jia Oak Baker speaks to age, desire, and a kind of freedom.
Christopher Stephen Soden explores the uncertainty of queer youth–and perhaps youth in general–in this vivid poem.
Sam Pittman considers the relationship between poetry and more prosaic forms of communication in this father-son poem.
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.