The Rest of Us

Tom Mallouk subtly and profoundly takes on on the painful subject of boyhood sexual abuse in this wrenching poem.

The Best Kept Secret to Hiring a Lawyer for Free

More than 80% of low-income people lack the needed legal counsel for civil cases.

Guys, Your Mother is Like a Cup of Coffee

I love coffee. Today, I am drinking my coffee in honor of my mother.

Mother’s Day Cards: What Rhymes with Episiotomy and Breast Pump?

This Mother’s Day, forget the typical greeting card. Tap Ned Hickson to craft the perfect “thank you Mom” sentiment.

Childhood

In advance of Mother’s Day, here’s a poem from Christopher Nelson which celebrates beauty and a son’s love for his mom. It’s also one of those poems that makes you go “Oh!” at the end.

A Workshop Elicits Strong Emotions And Questions Of Manhood And Masculinity

Simon Goland continues his journey of emotional reclamation while questioning societal missives about how a man should express himself.

Connecticut Holds Transgender Girl in Male Adult Prison

Bathrooms are not the only battleground for transgender rights. Peter LaBerge speaks in the persona of a Connecticut trans girl, incarcerated alongside men.

Why I’ve Learned to Let Go of My Ego

It was hard, but letting go of my ego changed my whole approach to life.

My Father Buys a Ballroom in Shanghai, China, 1944

Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.

How a Security System Salesman Saved My Relationship With My Son

A stranger comes to the door to install a security system but ends up helping a mother reconnect with her son.

On Sunday We Slide Into the Mud of Our Dreams

William Reichard brings us an evocative poem of loss and, perhaps, hope.

The Last Time My Mother Lay Down with My Father

Good poetry’s capacity to convey emotional intensity is exemplified in Todd Davis’s piece on the love of a wife for her husband in his last days.

How are you teaching your son to be a “Good Man?”

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Call for Submissions – My Adult Parent is Toxic, This is How I Deal

How do you handle toxicity in adult-parent relationships? Often, as adults, our relationships with our parents is difficult, whether leftover from childhood or because of something that happened later in life. If you have a toxic or emotionally challenging relationship with your mother, father or with both of your parents, how do you handle it? […]

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Help People In Need

He did all he could to save his mom but realized you shouldn’t always help people in need. — “F#%k!” There was no better word to describe how I felt at that moment as I sat on my bed feeling dazed and confused while trying to understand what I had just heard. My mother had returned to her abusive relationship with […]

Chimney Swifts

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