The Leopard

Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.

Unforgotten

Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.

Children Love the Dumps

Much can be learned from detritus. For Stephen Scott Whitaker, the dump is where children can “study the worst of us.”

A Short Guide to Firing Your Special-Needs Health Care Provider

In Part 10 of the series, “Every Family Has a Story,” Darla Johnson helps you think through the options if you need to change your special-needs child’s health care provider.

Bloodlines

English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.

My Father Buys a Ballroom in Shanghai, China, 1944

Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.

Something Like Icarus

Adele Kenny invokes the classic myth to tell us something about childhood and fear…

Counter Clockwise

Telaina Eriksen recalls the surreal, backwards feeling that many of us felt on 9/11.

Chimney Swifts

Seldom does one see a coming-of-age story as stark and as inventive as Marc Frazier’s award-winning poem.

Letter to My Daughter

Joy Ladin captures both a parent’s love and a sense of deep loss in this villanelle.

static

A veteran father strategizes how to communicate with his ill child in Randy Brown’s sweet and unsettling poem.

Screw Finding Your Passion

You already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it.

The Gift

Christmas morning provides the occasion for this poignant and vaguely disturbing poem about the sometimes convoluted relationships between mothers and sons.

Empty Nest

Tom Mallouk’s speaker reaches out in sympathy to the mother of his grown child in this emotionally impactful poem.

Becoming A Village

There’s power in numbers.

Understanding Your Place of Influence in Your Child’s Life

Mike Berry looks at what you can do when you’re no longer the number one voice your child listens to.