Timothy Liu writes of addiction, resentment, and family secrets.
RG Evans illustrates how adults can be bullied as well; and how they can come out of it triumphant.
Lauren Camp recounts a woman’s tender moment with her father-in-law, bonding over Emily Dickinson.
Bill Trüb presents a poem replete with striking–and eerie–imagery.
Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.
In this remembrance of a grandfather, Charles Bane Jr. writes of coal mines and light, death and the sublime.
Maura Alia Badji’s poem about a sister, a brother, and a jock strap is funny and, in a surprising way, tender.
For Valentine’s Day, enjoy these two wife/husband poems–which are normally performed simultaneously–from Helen Wing.
This poem from Todd Davis is a prime example of the power of the unspoken, the understated.
Tina Cane’s poem considers a male construction of femininity.
Dwight Gray writes of family and fishing, in a poem where much lurks beneath the surface.
Brian Beatty offers a brief, Zen-like meditation.
Von Thompson brings out the horrors and human costs of World War II’s Pacific Theater.
Stephen Scott Whitaker channels Henry David Thoreau in this meditation on the natural world.
Michael Frizell writes of Vietnam and the father who was there.
Speaking as a father to a young daughter, Adam Hughes explores the gap between expectation and reality–parental promise and parental failure.