Lex Talionis

Fathers and sons, patriarchs and nations; Merrill Cole uncovers the draconian methods by which we sometimes govern one another.

My House was Empty

We appreciate the little things. And that makes all the difference.


A Fomorian is an ancient Irish deity of destruction. Telaina Eriksen brings them into the 21st century.

Thanksgiving with the Homeless Men of Starbucks

In this poem, Marc Frazier reminds us how the holidays often invite complicated thoughts about family.

You Have Your Father’s Face

Noah Stetzer offers an intense, imagistic meditation on transformation.

Before April

Guillermo Filice Castro recalls his time serving in the Argentine army during the British invasion of the Falkland Islands in this poem of comradeship and connection between men.


This poem from Joshua Martin is a work of rare power and honesty.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

One grunge rock anthem reveals the connections and disconnections between two brothers.

The Day After the Elections

While politicians claim to have all the answers, Jeff Oaks’s haunting poem is content simply to raise questions and evocations–and it is all the more satisfying for that.

Blue November

Start November with this wise and meditative poem from Denton Loving.

…in this loneliness

Adele Kenny recalls an evening with friends and the complex intersections of companionship and loneliness which emerge when we are simultaneously connected and disconnected.

Tending the Gaps

Lynn Marie Houston reveals how deeply a man’s sense of loss can cut, even when viewed from a distance.

Thoughts on Thoughts

Playful? Sinister? Or a little bit of both? Jeanie Greensfelder’s simple poem addresses the odd complexities of a marriage.

Dying Well

A man faces death with courage, love, and self-assurance in this poem from Heid E. Erdrich.

My Father, Recovering from Brain Injury

Andrea Potos challenges the assumption that the lives of the elderly matter less as she considers a complicated relationship with a complicated father.

The City Dump

Oklahoma Poet Laureate Benjamin Myers writes of men and brotherhood, and how healing can occur in unexpected places.