Sailing the Distance

Lauren Camp honors the creative accomplishments of a California man who also happened to be an illiterate immigrant.

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.

Children Love the Dumps

Much can be learned from detritus. For Stephen Scott Whitaker, the dump is where children can “study the worst of us.”

The Man Who Sought Asylum

Home is just one of the things a refugee loses in David Bergman’s moving poem.

Sleeping Apart

Much is hinted at in Robert Carr’s intense, imagistic poem.

Gender Issue

Diane Lockward explores one man’s desire to transcend gender boundaries.


English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.

Tow Truck Driver in Oz

Worlds collide when a blue collar guy winds up in the mystical land of Oz in this poem from Sarah Ann Winn.


Ed Madden juxtaposes gender, race, and paint samples in this surprising prose poem.


Adam Hughes’s ecstatic poem is a celebration of love and the natural world.

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.

Freed from prison, man robs Same N.J. store 14 years later

Gary Bouchard’s blank verse “ripped from the headlines” poem is a remarkable meditation on cycles and human habit.


Laura Foley recounts the embarrassment of visibility and the joys of risk-taking.

On Sunday We Slide Into the Mud of Our Dreams

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

Old ’89

In tight couplets, John Trigonis writes of desire, car wrecks, desperation, and Superbowl XLII.


Jia Oak Baker’s poem made finalist for the 2015 Best of the Net Awards!