Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.
Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.
Much can be learned from detritus. For Stephen Scott Whitaker, the dump is where children can “study the worst of us.”
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.
English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.
Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.
Adele Kenny invokes the classic myth to tell us something about childhood and fear…
Telaina Eriksen recalls the surreal, backwards feeling that many of us felt on 9/11.
Seldom does one see a coming-of-age story as stark and as inventive as Marc Frazier’s award-winning poem.
Joy Ladin captures both a parent’s love and a sense of deep loss in this villanelle.
A veteran father strategizes how to communicate with his ill child in Randy Brown’s sweet and unsettling poem.
You already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it.
Christmas morning provides the occasion for this poignant and vaguely disturbing poem about the sometimes convoluted relationships between mothers and sons.
Tom Mallouk’s speaker reaches out in sympathy to the mother of his grown child in this emotionally impactful poem.
Mike Berry looks at what you can do when you’re no longer the number one voice your child listens to.