People Watching on Memorial Day

Why do we get so much joy out of people watching and making up stories?

Evening Therapy

Joshua Martin sheds light on the casual yet essentials ways by which men support each other.

TV Guide

A 1960s queer boy finds solace in television in Jim Elledge’s poem.

Counter Clockwise

Telaina Eriksen recalls the surreal, backwards feeling that many of us felt on 9/11.

Chimney Swifts

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

‘It’s Obama’s Fault,’ in Rhyme

It’s Obama’s fault for increasing interest rates,
And for shifting economic tectonic plates.

Letter to My Daughter

Joy Ladin captures both a parent’s love and a sense of deep loss in this villanelle.

Spat, with Birdseed

A husband comes to terms with an ending relationship in Lynn Marie Houston’s poem.

Self-Portrait as Mountain

Pepper Trail engages the mythic in this poem of life, death, and self-transformation.

Cubist Spring

Benjamin Myers invokes the mood and texture of Cubism to convey a critical moment in one man’s life.

Glinda Meets the Tow-Truck Driver

Glinda–Oz’s resident “good witch”–encounters a Kansas tow-truck driver. Imagine the possibilities.


A veteran father strategizes how to communicate with his ill child in Randy Brown’s sweet and unsettling poem.

Outer Space

Matthew Lippman uses an innovative trope to reflect on poverty, homelessness, and a middle class man’s fraught relationship with these categories.

One Minute Memoir of a Semi Embittered Lifetime AA Batter

Dennis Mahagin offers a snapshot of a jaded ballplayer.

2015 in Poetry

Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus highlights some of the poems published on The Good Men Project in 2015.

My Father Tells a Story About Beauty

Hayden Saunier shares a story of Christmas past, the power of compassion, and our capacity to heal.