The Principal

Walrus

RG Evans illustrates how adults can be bullied as well; and how they can come out of it triumphant.

Family Romance

Fridge

Timothy Liu writes of addiction, resentment, and family secrets.

How Could I Not See

Table

Lauren Camp recounts a woman’s tender moment with her father-in-law, bonding over Emily Dickinson.

Home

Island

Bill Trüb presents a poem replete with striking–and eerie–imagery.

The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

Reading

Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

All the Men Went

Prism

In this remembrance of a grandfather, Charles Bane Jr. writes of coal mines and light, death and the sublime.

Brotherlove

Jock

Maura Alia Badji’s poem about a sister, a brother, and a jock strap is funny and, in a surprising way, tender.

Duet

Trees

For Valentine’s Day, enjoy these two wife/husband poems–which are normally performed simultaneously–from Helen Wing.

Most of What is Written is Simply Grief

Forest

This poem from Todd Davis is a prime example of the power of the unspoken, the understated.

The Daily Beast

Check out

Tina Cane’s poem considers a male construction of femininity.

Shanty Hollow

Fishermen

Dwight Gray writes of family and fishing, in a poem where much lurks beneath the surface.

Shaking Off the River

Print

Brian Beatty offers a brief, Zen-like meditation.

Battle of Midway, photo 80-G-701843

Midway2

Von Thompson brings out the horrors and human costs of World War II’s Pacific Theater.

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.