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By turns wistful, by turns puckish, David Bergman’s tribute to gay adult film of yesteryear is a fun twist on the language of nostalgia.

Stars–They’re Just Like Us

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Shevaun Brannigan uses a familiar image in a fresh, stunning, sustained way.

To the Poet Whose Lover Has Died of AIDS

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Kenny Fries writes of love, AIDS, and their difficult overlap.

Otherwise

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Lois Roma-Deeley offers an enigmatic look at a husband and a wife who have lived lives “no one thought practical.”

How Will I Know When I Am in a Body?

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Nora Meiners writes as the white mother of a biracial son, reflecting on black male bodies and the perils that attend them.

Answering the Call

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Laurie Kolp paints a portrait of a hard living man and the nature of inevitability.

Gone Incognito

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Faced with a racist pickup line, the speaker of Jia Oak Baker’s poem chooses playfulness over outrage.

I, Robot

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Joy Ladin offers a bittersweet remembrance of a father who loved and was loved from a distance.

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Sarah Ann Winn celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade of images.

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Luther Hughes draws together the writings of Essex Hemphill and a chance encounter on the subway to say something about love, sex, and the lives of “black boys.”

A Boy Who Could See Only Purple

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Through intense, lyrical images, Dean Kostos presents the early life of an intense, lyrical boy.

Maybe Don’t Post My Picture

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A poem about taking away the glory that the killers in this country seek.

Goodnight Moon

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Equal parts lullaby and elegy, James Arthur’s poem is for children present and past.

Feminine Side

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Shane Allison explores and celebrates a particular version of femininity in this confessional poem.

Seven Confessions on Cheating

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Or…the hours between kissing another woman…and telling you. Dylan Garity, a poem observed.

Two Seconds

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Kris Bigalk creates eros in few words and a simple gesture.