Lullaby

Susan Comninos’s poem is a wife’s tender, quiet, and deeply felt tribute to a husband.

The Leopard

Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.

Caveman Survey

Ray McManus makes his GMP debut with this intense, introspective poem on husbands, wives, and their many intimacies.

Unforgotten

Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.

Dear Mississippi,

Ed Madden gives a powerful reading of his poem written in response to Mississippi’s HB 1523–an anti-gay, anti-trans “religious freedom” law which, oddly enough, names poetry as a specific good or service that can be denied.

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.

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.

Bloodlines

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.

Translations

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

Corazon

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