Elegy for a One-Man Greek Chorus

Tragicomic

Hayden Saunier remembers a beloved friend in this Greek tragedy of a poem.

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Lapping Over Us

Dream

Laura Foley’s poem works to come to terms with loss by juxtaposing the language of dreams with one stark, unforgettable image.

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Outside

Kiss

“Visibility” is at the heart of Ed Madden’s poem about love, relationships, and same-sex marriage.

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Sundress Press’s 2014 ‘Best of the Net’ Nominees on GMP

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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.

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Succession

Generations

Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.

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When I Was Pregnant

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Matthew Lippman’s poem provides a dark yet quirky look at contemporary manhood.

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Liberation

Barista

Sweet and sad at the same time, this poem from Jia Oak Baker speaks to age, desire, and a kind of freedom.

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Punchline

Aztec

Christopher Stephen Soden explores the uncertainty of queer youth–and perhaps youth in general–in this vivid poem.

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Communicado

Phone

Sam Pittman considers the relationship between poetry and more prosaic forms of communication in this father-son poem.

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Day 0

Prayer

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.”

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Banana

Banana

In a poem that some will find creepy and others will find darkly funny, Ann Clark reminds us that the people we love often hide secrets.

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Anti-Midas

Mudman

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.

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The First Shower

Shower

L. Lamar Wilson raises a powerful memory of sameness and difference– a father-son moment that is both tender and sorrowful.

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On Nights Like These

Man

As much as Angel Garcia’s speaker insists “this is not about precision,” this poem is extremely precise–in its language, in its images, in its emotional resonance.

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Confession

Fight

Speaking for men who are drawn to violence, Ed Harkness writes compellingly on “why we love the vein of coal /inside us” in this recollection of a harrowing bullying episode.

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Your Parents Say Okay

Parents

In this poem from his brand new book, award-winning poet Stephen Mills offers a stirring commentary on same-sex marriage, token acceptance, and the politics of “normal.”

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