Lapping Over Us

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Laura Foley’s poem works to come to terms with loss by juxtaposing the language of dreams with one stark, unforgettable image.

Musings of a Selfish Man

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You can’t effect change without changing what you do. This dad has made a commitment to do just that.

High School Football Deaths Stir Memories of Ugly Youth Football Moments

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With evidence of the danger of the game mounting, and last week’s death on the high school football field, Brian Harmon suggests that the time has come to make much-needed changes.

When Is It Time? The Quest for Euthanasia Rights

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Shawn Henfling explores the emotions and decisions associated with ending our life.

Rifling Through A Dead Man’s Papers

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A life in a box of papers untouched for almost twenty years.

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Margaret Rhee elegizes the Gaza dead in a prose poem of remarkable tenderness. Blending the personal and political, she questions “The difference between wound and womb…Palestinian and Israeli…You and me.”

Banana

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In a poem that some will find creepy and others will find darkly funny, Ann Clark reminds us that the people we love often hide secrets.

Walk to Sharpen Awareness

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Ghost thoughts on the campo trail tell us, “we can play” while awareness tunes in.

Every Man Has to Die

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Duncan Alldridge laments the absence of rites of passage that taught men that “death was the primary way to build or rebuild a real life.”

Is Our Existence Intent on Death?

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Mark Brook opens our eyes on a contemplative stroll of death, existence, and change.

Greg Buckley, Jr. 21-Year-Old Marine Lance Cpl. Murdered in Afghanistan

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Perry Brass’s elegy for Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. demonstrates the dark truth that, in war, one can’t always know who one’s enemy is.

9-11 and the Lingering Aftermath

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As we remember and honor all those who dies on 9/11, we must care and support all those still suffering from the resulting health and disability challenges

Raising Compassionate Boys: Letter from An Absent Father

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Kozo Hattori writes a letter to his sons in case he dies.

A Boy’s Bike

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Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.

Roy Wasn’t A Perfect Man, But He Was a Good One. Here’s Why He’ll Be Missed

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“He wasn’t a perfect man, by any means, but none of us are and just as our good cannot wipe out our faults, neither can our evils wipe out the small kindnesses that mean so much,” writes N.C. Harrison.

The Day I Stood in the Command Tent Hearing of Your Death, Father

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Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.