In this poem, MaryLisa DeDomenicis reminds us of a common stereotype and the human need “to distinguish one’s self.”
Justin Jannise explores past and present, inside and outside, in this moving poem of family and uncertainty.
At the ending of his marriage, Luke Davis reflects on the impact of a man’s life and the role one person plays in the turning of the world .
Ed Harkness writes of “the sting of living” in this fond memory of horseplay with his sons.
Like many great poems, Mike Crossley’s piece about a father’s playful challenge to his son can be understood in many ways.
Jeremy Brunger takes us to a Middle Eastern market and beyond in this lush poem of male desire.
Dakota Garilli’s poem is reminiscent of the old dance between attraction and repulsion–fear of death and fascination with it.
David Eye’s poem of shooting involves both literal and metaphorical guns.
Jarrett Neal reflects on the heartbreak and alcoholism that so often attended black men from “the Jim Crow South” in this searing poem.
Dean Kostos expertly weds form and content in this poem–a villanelle–whose use of refrain and repetition reflects an old man’s movement through time and memory.
There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.
Timothy Liu’s look at sex, gay married life, and cruising is both rough and playful, a celebration of lust that almost hits, but narrowly avoids, a kind of sorrow.
Justin Hamm offers his own simple philosophy of thanksgiving and celebration in a poem that will ring true for many.
Jeff Walt captures a moment of loss in a poem that is both stark and lovely.
Lauren Camp’s poem points to the surprise intersection of destruction and tenderness, a place that some men have surely occupied at some point or another.
In this brief essay, poet Philip Clark shows us how poetry can enter our lives at any point, while at the same time challenging the assumption that success belongs primarily to the young.