Goodbye, Sancho Panza

Quixote

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

BB Guns, Gangs, and Other Teenage Rites of Passage

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

Silver Hooks

Silver Hooks by MFer Photography

A boy remembers the day his father took him fishing.

Mater, Maritatus

Mater

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

Succession

Generations

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

Punchline

Aztec

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

SUP Vancouver Victoria

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

Childhood

Knuckles

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

Lacrimosa

Child

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

Boyhood Could be the Best Coming of Age Movie Ever

Boyhood

Films about boys growing up have been done before, but none of them compare to Richard Linklater’s newest movie.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Learning to Live Better

ItSKindOfFunnyStory

The movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story has a message that Christian Clifton needed to hear.

The Giver and the Price of Being Human

TheGiver

The Giver is not just another movie based on a book for teens; it is an adaptation of a powerful story about the cost of living, a story that is experienced by everyone.

Does Privilege Make My Voice Illegitimate?

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Raoul Wieland tries to balance his natural-born privileges with his own sadness and feelings of being unmoored to any larger social issue.

What Does Shooting Wolves Have To Do With Rivers?

wolf photo by Todd ryburn

A Wisconsin teacher uses an essay about wolves to teach her students about empathy, environmentalism, and looking at all sides of a complex issue.

Defining Moments: They Can Get F*&^%ed

giant at the fair photo by orinrobertjohn

How can you escape an abusive past—a victim of bullying where no one believes you—without having those moments define you? One man’s story.

My Hometown: Rio Nido

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My magic childhood in California that I spent among redwoods and blackberries will never leave me, even as I leave it.