Floats

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Sarah Ann Winn celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade of images.

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Luther Hughes draws together the writings of Essex Hemphill and a chance encounter on the subway to say something about love, sex, and the lives of “black boys.”

A Boy Who Could See Only Purple

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Through intense, lyrical images, Dean Kostos presents the early life of an intense, lyrical boy.

Maybe Don’t Post My Picture

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A poem about taking away the glory that the killers in this country seek.

Goodnight Moon

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Equal parts lullaby and elegy, James Arthur’s poem is for children present and past.

Feminine Side

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Shane Allison explores and celebrates a particular version of femininity in this confessional poem.

Seven Confessions on Cheating

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Or…the hours between kissing another woman…and telling you. Dylan Garity, a poem observed.

Two Seconds

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Kris Bigalk creates eros in few words and a simple gesture.

Conjugal

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R.G. Evans takes a sobering look at a failed marriage and a man’s attempt to do right by his daughter.

The House After She’s Gone

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Lynn Marie Houston brings us one man’s moment of vulnerability and one woman’s responding compassion.

Shepherd

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Heid E. Erdrich shows us the inner life of a devoted husband and father.

Learning

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Philip Clark recalls a combative father, and the unintended lessons he learned about men and love.

Sonnet (Unrhymed)

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David Bergman conveys the joy of a long-term relationship in this variation on the sonnet form.

Upon Hearing that My Grandfather Would Like to See More Tears

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Brian Baumgart goes to a darkly reflective and emotionally honest place in this poem.

In Search of Abe in Dupont Circle

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L. Lamar Wilson recounts a heady encounter between two young people who may or may not be acting as a queer mirror of Abraham Lincoln’s younger years.

Goodbye, Sancho Panza

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Don Quixote’s sidekick comes into his own in this unpredictable poem from Justin Hamm.