Mozart in the Morning


Writer and teacher Jane Wohl tries to come to terms with the Boston Marathon Bombing in this elegaic poem.

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Accident at the Vitamin Factory, 1976


An injured man is forced to reassess his relationship to family and work in this moving poem from Jia Oak Baker.

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Nowhere to Go

Gay shopping

Allen Fraser Clark captures the frustration and desire of young men, eager for sexual expression and frightened by it.

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Unspoken at JFK

RSO&I/FE '07'

David Eye offers a moment of horror and a moment of beauty at the airport.

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letters to langston #37


Luther Hughes brings together the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary pop/R&B, introducing Langston Hughes to Beyoncé.

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Mater, Maritatus


Dakota Garilli writes of boys, their mothers, and “how we learn /of love.”

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No Elegies for Porn Stars

Seen at the scene

Dean Kostos’s newest book, This is Not a Skyscraper, contains many gems. This reflection on a porn watcher’s sense of entitlement to the attention of a neighborhood porn star–“earned by years of yearning”–is one such standout.

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L. Lamar Wilson illustrates the challenging intersection of childhood, homophobia, and race.

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Frankenstein’s Monster


James Arthur reimagines the classic monster as a fashionable Manhattanite.

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Jan Clausen’s remembrance of her father reminds us that memory is complex and grief is never linear.

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Kris Bigalk demonstrates how potent one simple metaphor can be.

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When You’re Thirteen


Jarrett Neal considers that familiar rite of passage from childhood to adolescence–the boys’ locker room.

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Erotic Poetry, Queer Sex, and High School English


Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus comments on erotic poetry, queer sex, and a high school controversy involving both of the above.

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The Principal


RG Evans illustrates how adults can be bullied as well; and how they can come out of it triumphant.

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Family Romance


Timothy Liu writes of addiction, resentment, and family secrets.

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How Could I Not See


Lauren Camp recounts a woman’s tender moment with her father-in-law, bonding over Emily Dickinson.

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