Loosing Your Virginity and All the Crap About It

People lose their sexual virginity and there is nothing spectacular about that, but we can still find a lot of stereotypical crap about something that is perfectly normal.

Is Sex What Intimacy’s All About?

Do sex and intimacy always need to go hand in hand?

A Romeo Unmasked

In 2002, when marriage equality was a term still yet-to-be, the world felt different. Coming out was still a big deal. I didn’t have an athlete to emulate who had navigated this world. It was up to me to figure myself out.

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.