There’s No Crying in Poetry

Bill Yarrow writes a surreal and humorous take on poetry, tears, and gender.

My Almost Date with a Cowboy, Polebridge, Montana

Karen Paul Holmes’s poem captures the tension between desire and distaste.

Beyond Unmaking

Pepper Trail’s poem is a striking meditation on the impermanence of the interrelated natural and human worlds.

In Defense of Driftwood

Peter LaBerge’s poem resonates painfully with the Orlando shooting and with the broader culture of LGBTQ victimization which enabled it.

Belly Full of Bees

Grant Clauser reflects on how hard it can be to communicate love in the human world.

County Line Poem

Ashley Inguanta delivers powerful, earned emotion in this brief poem on boundaries and love’s expansiveness.

With My Daughter at the County Fair

A father reflects on his changing relationship with his growing daughter in Benjamin Myers’s tender poem.

Old War Movies and the News

Army veteran and GMP favorite Dwight Gray shares a winning poem on war, socialization, and one boy’s path to soldierhood.

The Rest of Us

Tom Mallouk subtly and profoundly takes on on the painful subject of boyhood sexual abuse in this wrenching poem.


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.


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.


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.