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?


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.”


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


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.


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


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

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

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

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?

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