Stars–They’re Just Like Us

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Shevaun Brannigan uses a familiar image in a fresh, stunning, sustained way.

Rediscovering Yourself During and After Divorce

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After two divorces he found that there were four stages everyone goes through, and 12 key lessons to take away.

High School Poetry Series: Gender, Identity, and Race — Dion Pride

Glasses

“Forget what the media says … Forget what politicians say … It’s time for the wake-up call … It’s time to put your glasses on.”

To the Poet Whose Lover Has Died of AIDS

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Kenny Fries writes of love, AIDS, and their difficult overlap.

Otherwise

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Lois Roma-Deeley offers an enigmatic look at a husband and a wife who have lived lives “no one thought practical.”

The Power of Using Someone’s Name

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We don’t think much about our name, it’s always there. But have you thought about how much power it holds over you?

High School Poetry Series: Gender, Identity, and Race — Johnny Ward

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“Think you a man with that gun in yo hand? …You ain’t a man till yo actions speak for you”

How Will I Know When I Am in a Body?

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Nora Meiners writes as the white mother of a biracial son, reflecting on black male bodies and the perils that attend them.

Answering the Call

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Laurie Kolp paints a portrait of a hard living man and the nature of inevitability.

Gone Incognito

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Faced with a racist pickup line, the speaker of Jia Oak Baker’s poem chooses playfulness over outrage.

I, Robot

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Joy Ladin offers a bittersweet remembrance of a father who loved and was loved from a distance.

Floats

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

First Hispanic Poet Laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera

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Could this signal a new direction for US literature.

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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.”

The Art Of Conversation

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Conversation is about stories, and treating those stories as the precious gifts they are.

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.