A History of Violence

Violence

Alex Gallo-Brown reflects on one man’s acts of violence, and the impact they have had on his life.

Somewhere in Brooklyn

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Christopher Stephen Soden paints a picture of sensual satisfaction in this quiet poem.

Dad’s Résumé

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An unfortunately-named file attachment carries with it a world of connotations in Ann Clark’s poem about a résumé and aging.

The Conversation

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What begins as a simple nostalgic conversation turns into a much deeper emotional reconnection in RG Evans’s poem of male friendship.

Can Sex Without Cuddles Be Intimate? A Reader Responds With Poetry

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A post on a problem in relationships inspires a poem.

What is the Worst Thing About Prison?

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Spoon Jackson knows the worst of the prison system, but THE worst thing about prison isn’t about the prisoner.

Sudden Downpour

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Angel Garcia’s speaker is “trying to be a good man” even as he finds himself faced with the oldest of temptations.

Next Town Over Kid

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Mark Ward paints a chilling picture of parental abuse based on gender performance and implied sexual orientation.

New York is Filled with Boys

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If Walt Whitman had lived in a different time, he might’ve written Perry Brass’s celebration of the boy in all of us.

We Went Out to Dinner with Our Grandmother

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Nicholas Miele takes on that most demanding of poetic forms–the sestina–to pay tribute to his Italian grandmother.

A Minor Dilemma

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Like the ocean that it features, Matthew Hittinger’s poem alternates between stormy and dreamlike, with little interim warning.

Shell Shock

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Scott Hightower depicts a vulnerable veteran from a child’s perspective, to powerful effect.

Dear White America

Dear White America

Danez Smith is demanding that White America look and listen to the reality of racism.

Still Beating Heart

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Short, lyrical, and imagistic, Kevin Minh’s poem contains all the compact power of a baby’s heartbeat.

Soul Upon Water

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The heart of a man is laid out in Carlton Fisher’s visionary poem of death, dreams, and regret. A must-read for anyone who ever ponders missed opportunities.

Lycanthropes in Love

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Steven Cordova explores male kinship, competition, and the animal nature of desire in this daring poem.