10 Things I’ve Learned That I Didn’t Know 10 Years Ago

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Krushangi Maisuria is finishing high school this year. But her wisdom vastly exceeds her age.

The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

Reading

Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

Watching Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse

Michael Frizell writes of Vietnam and the father who was there.

On Plans to Build My Daughter a Tipi

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Speaking as a father to a young daughter, Adam Hughes explores the gap between expectation and reality–parental promise and parental failure.

Somehow the Music

Undated

Grant Clauser offers an affecting poem on those who are often alone during the holiday season.

The Bet

Dad-Son

Like many great poems, Mike Crossley’s piece about a father’s playful challenge to his son can be understood in many ways.

My Son’s Voice Changed Today

Shaving Cream

There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.

Poem for Saturday

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Justin Hamm offers his own simple philosophy of thanksgiving and celebration in a poem that will ring true for many.

Tai Sao?

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All Vietnam veterans have stories. Allen Fraser Clark’s involves a child, a game, and a tragedy.

Video: Toddler in LED Costume is Incredibly Cute

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A dad has created a pretty potent mix of technology and toddler cuteness to create the “Glowy Zoey” YouTube phenomenon.

Communicado

Phone

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

A Boy’s Bike

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Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.

Because He Reads the Bible

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Dakota Garilli expertly explores the age-old tensions between religion and sexuality, parents and children.

in peace we still war

Fire

Guillermo Filice Castro writes of everyone’s wounded child–and its role in perpetuating conflict.

Lacrimosa

Child

It’s not entirely clear who haunts Philip Clark’s coming-of-age poem more—the dead or the living.

At Buttermilk Falls

Ditch the Cover: A Dad’s Feelings on Open-Air Breastfeeding

Todd Davis offers a powerful poem of listening, reflection, and the natural world.