Sonnet (Unrhymed)

Snow1

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

Eyes1

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

In Search of Abe in Dupont Circle

Abe

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

Quixote

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

A Sunday Walk with Father

Tree

Todd Davis draws tight parallels between the world of trees and the world of humans.

With Apologies

Footprints

Adam Hughes riffs on the poet Galway Kinnell to create his own quietly ecstatic love poem.

A Minor History of Richard Sanders

Pills

Tina Cane remembers a television actor and a paternal figure, glossing neither the beauty nor the flaws.

Men Drinking, Boys Tormenting, Dogs Barking

Traylor

Elvis Alves reflects on darker aspects of human nature in this ekphrastic (based on a piece of visual art) poem.

Touch: A Letter to Mother

Woman

L. Lamar Wilson writes of a gay son, an ill mother, and their deeply felt intimacy.

Misrata dawn

Misrata

Helen Wing gives voice to the horrors perpetrated on young women and men in the 2011 Libyan uprising.

How to Teach Children About Desire

Duality

Stephen Scott Whitaker raises the uncomfortable yet important subject of one’s children’s burgeoning sexuality.

Body Language

Bath

Kenny Fries recounts an intimate moment, at the intersection of memory and vulnerability.

Mozart in the Morning

Tsarnaev

Writer and teacher Jane Wohl tries to come to terms with the Boston Marathon Bombing in this elegaic poem.

Accident at the Vitamin Factory, 1976

Worker

An injured man is forced to reassess his relationship to family and work in this moving poem from Jia Oak Baker.

Nowhere to Go

Gay shopping

Allen Fraser Clark captures the frustration and desire of young men, eager for sexual expression and frightened by it.

Unspoken at JFK

RSO&I/FE '07'

David Eye offers a moment of horror and a moment of beauty at the airport.