Cutting Firewood in the Cup

Firewood

Stephen Scott Whitaker channels Henry David Thoreau in this meditation on the natural world.

Watching Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse

Michael Frizell writes of Vietnam and the father who was there.

On Plans to Build My Daughter a Tipi

Tipi

Speaking as a father to a young daughter, Adam Hughes explores the gap between expectation and reality–parental promise and parental failure.

Love Letters

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The tragedy of national and family histories collide in Jung Hae Chae’s tribute to her grandmother.

Exercise: write a letter to the person who infected you

Man

Noah Stetzer explores HIV and uncertainty in this sobering poem.

Spontaneous Heart Poem

Heart

Social Justice Editor Wilhelm Cortez offers some spontaneous thoughts on the heart.

Not Humming

POW

Laura Foley uses brevity and simplicity to make a powerful impact in this prose poem.

Orion

Orion

David Bublitz recalls a letter from his soldier father and what the night sky brought him.

Going Dutch on Plan B

Dating

Hannah Baggott presents a woman’s perspective on desire…and the “morning after.”

Full Moon, White Sands

Moon

The late poet Reginald Shepherd called Kenny Fries “a poet of the luminous moment and the luminous landscape,” a title Fries more than lives up to in this poem.

Boot Camp–1967

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Brady Peterson captures the sexual frustration of the deployed man while at the same time tapping into a deeper kind of loneliness.

December 2014

Fist

Peter Putnam offers an image of hope and growth in the midst of a time marked by destruction and hate.

Men

Mannequins

Matthew Lippman considers the needs, desires, and experiences of a broad range of men in this searching poem.

Poetry Selections– 2014

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Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus bids farewell to 2014 with a representative sample of some of the fine work published in the past year.

Story of a Man

City Man

In this poem, Jia Oak Baker examines a certain kind of man.

Josephology

Joseph

This Christmas, Adam Prince focuses on St. Joseph, a nativity scene mainstay who is, nonetheless, often overlooked.