Chimney Swifts

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

4 Things Every Teenager Wants Their Parent to Understand

Mike Berry is a dad who understands teenagers. Here’s what your kids want you to know.

To Find Myself I Had to Let Go Of My Brother’s Death

Michael Colon found there were five things he had to remember as he let go of the trauma of losing his brother and discovered a new life .

My Writing Drought and the Tattoo on My Left Hip

Liz Lazzara recalls a time when she was a blank slate—and all she felt was blank.

Dear Boy I Used to Be, You’re on the Road to Being a Good Man

As he nears his 45th birthday he has a message for his 13 year-old self about mistakes, parents, sexuality, and science.

How Can You Be a Man With Ancient Traditions in a Modern World?

How do boys from cultures with ancient traditions transition into modern manhood?

Childlore

Douglas Luman considers boyhood and the difficulties of growing up in this “sourced poem.”

Goodbye, Sancho Panza

Don Quixote’s sidekick comes into his own in this unpredictable poem from Justin Hamm.

BB Guns, Gangs, and Other Teenage Rites of Passage

Scott Laudati on the marks left by the need to belong, and the greater need to be true to self.

Silver Hooks

A boy remembers the day his father took him fishing.

Mater, Maritatus

Dakota Garilli writes of boys, their mothers, and “how we learn /of love.”

Succession

Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.

Punchline

Christopher Stephen Soden explores the uncertainty of queer youth–and perhaps youth in general–in this vivid poem.

Why Do Humans Adventure? A Man Paddles From Vancouver to Victoria to Find Out

After watching a man SUP across Canadian waters, Raoul Wieland wonders what questions will guild him in his own life.

Childhood

Christopher Nelson remembers “Bloody Knuckles”—and the disturbing things it taught us about manhood.

Lacrimosa

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