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

Bike

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

Bible

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.

When My Father Woke

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Pay close attention to Ed Madden’s poem about an invalid father; the speaker reveals perhaps more than he intends to.

Sunday Morning Chocolate

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Pepper Trail presents a touching slice-of-life in this jewel of a poem.

Biography of a Heretic

Pray

Daniel W.K. Lee challenges parental expectations and a son’s subtle pressure to conform.

The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing a Child

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Losing a child was the hardest thing Heather Spohr ever went through. Here’s how she managed to find strength in her marriage throughout her difficult time.

Shell Shock

PTSD

Scott Hightower depicts a vulnerable veteran from a child’s perspective, to powerful effect.