Stars–They’re Just Like Us

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Shevaun Brannigan uses a familiar image in a fresh, stunning, sustained way.

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To the Poet Whose Lover Has Died of AIDS

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Kenny Fries writes of love, AIDS, and their difficult overlap.

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Otherwise

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Lois Roma-Deeley offers an enigmatic look at a husband and a wife who have lived lives “no one thought practical.”

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How Will I Know When I Am in a Body?

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Nora Meiners writes as the white mother of a biracial son, reflecting on black male bodies and the perils that attend them.

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Answering the Call

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Laurie Kolp paints a portrait of a hard living man and the nature of inevitability.

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Gone Incognito

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Faced with a racist pickup line, the speaker of Jia Oak Baker’s poem chooses playfulness over outrage.

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I, Robot

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Joy Ladin offers a bittersweet remembrance of a father who loved and was loved from a distance.

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Floats

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Sarah Ann Winn celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade of images.

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essex, jordan, and the old black man

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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.”

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A Boy Who Could See Only Purple

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Through intense, lyrical images, Dean Kostos presents the early life of an intense, lyrical boy.

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Tree of the Apple

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Kelly DuMar masterfully captures “the holy moment that saves your life” in this deceptively simple prose poem.

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Goodnight Moon

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Equal parts lullaby and elegy, James Arthur’s poem is for children present and past.

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Feminine Side

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Shane Allison explores and celebrates a particular version of femininity in this confessional poem.

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Two Seconds

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Kris Bigalk creates eros in few words and a simple gesture.

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Conjugal

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R.G. Evans takes a sobering look at a failed marriage and a man’s attempt to do right by his daughter.

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The House After She’s Gone

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Lynn Marie Houston brings us one man’s moment of vulnerability and one woman’s responding compassion.

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