Sunday Night in My Thirties

Bassinet

Thom Ingram reflects on the pressure some of us face to have children.

Humanity

Fertility

Nica Cornell writes boldly on genitalia and the human beings attached to them, expertly engaging both the private and the planetary.

Ambition

Condoms

Joshua Peralta presents a small, irreverent moment of bonding between two guy friends.

Falling In Love Again: A Stop Action Film and Poem

falling in love

Two adults try to find a beginning in the middle of their lives in this short poem by Bruce Ditman.

bitter, sweet, tart

Marriage

Much like in a marriage, simplicity and directness are virtues in Telaina Eriksen’s wry, tender poem.

Learning to Foxtrot

Dance

In this touching, relatable poem, Jessica Server offers some sympathy to those boys whose “deep phobia of dancing” keeps them from getting close to the women they pine after.

Takaaki

Bomb3

In this excerpt, Eric Norris writes about an awkward, thoughtful conversation with his Japanese-American boyfriend, both men recalling their fathers’ roles in World War II.

After They Finish With You

Hospital

The speaker of RG Evans’s poem bids a dying father farewell in this passionate reflection.

Sonnet at the End of Eating

TV

Jeff Oaks evokes the late-night loneliness of television in a dark room, and the sense that something has been lost.

Pencil

Pencil

Teresa Mei Chuc sheds light on the violence of war, reflecting on the pencil’s–and the missile’s–ability to both write history and erase it.

Rage Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle

In this examination of a problematic father-son relationship, Jim Churchill-Dicks takes the rollicking camp of the cult film Kung Fu Hustle and combines it with the manic weirdness of dreams. The result needs to be read to be believed.

Speak With Conviction: Uh, It’s Like, Really Important, You Know?

Taylor Mali, Totally, Like, Whatever, You Know, Poetry slam, Def Poetry Jam

“Say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it.” ~Taylor Mali

Long Meadow

Tractor 2

Three generations of men populate Todd Davis’s poem about sons and grandfathers, a reflective piece on the circularity of past, present, and future.

it gets better, by halves

tape

A creative and disturbing piece from Sean Patrick Mulroy on childhood, neglect, and silence.

Late Spring, Dignity

Anger

In this sobering poem from Laura McCullough, we get a glimpse at wounded pride and its relationship to misogyny.

100 Words on Love: To You, My Wife

Wonderful Tonight

Because we love each other enough to dare to dream.