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

Mask

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

Sunday Morning Chocolate

chocolate

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.

Still Beating Heart

Heart

Short, lyrical, and imagistic, Kevin Minh’s poem contains all the compact power of a baby’s heartbeat.

Mapmaking

Drawing

Dwight Gray’s “Mapmaking” makes the simple act of a child drawing appear as profound and miraculous as any myth of creation and destruction.

Managing Crazy: 4 Tips For Sanity While Parenting a Child With a Chronic Illness

managing crazy with sick child

Jenny Glick is a therapist but these are lessons she’s learned as a married mom of a son living with diabetes.

Sunday Night in My Thirties

Bassinet

Thom Ingram reflects on the pressure some of us face to have children.

After They Finish With You

Hospital

The speaker of RG Evans’s poem bids a dying father farewell in this passionate reflection.