The Success of Captain Whitaker’s Dress

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To mark Halloween, here’s a poem from Stephen Scott Whitaker about a costume–a costume that is both funny and indicative of how gender affects interactions.

The Moon Over the Verrazano Bridge

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Jung Hae Chae’s poem is both an exquisite lyric and an incisive meditation on race and belonging. A must-read.

The Soul of a Young Artist

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Social reform is an art and art can reform society. When we look at the soul of an artist and their art, we can find the way to peace.

Your Voice

Answering Machine

Tom Mallouk writes touchingly of a deceased friend and the small bit of impermanence that remains.

Life Without Justice

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Is Life Without Parole an unjust punishment? Can it ever be just?

An Opening

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Kenny Fries writes of injuries both physical and spiritual, and “openings” which are simultaneously literal and metaphoric.

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Shaving

Aimee Herman takes a queer look at what has become a common rite of passage for young men.

Objective Correlative

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Borrowing a term from T.S. Eliot, poet and scholar Merrill Cole writes on duality and connection, the link between the poetic, the political…and peanut butter cups.

Elegy for a One-Man Greek Chorus

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Hayden Saunier remembers a beloved friend in this Greek tragedy of a poem.

Lapping Over Us

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Laura Foley’s poem works to come to terms with loss by juxtaposing the language of dreams with one stark, unforgettable image.

Outside

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“Visibility” is at the heart of Ed Madden’s poem about love, relationships, and same-sex marriage.

Sundress Press’s 2014 ‘Best of the Net’ Nominees on GMP

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Over the past week, we have presented the 6 poems that poetry editor Charlie Bondhus has nominated for Sundress Press’s 2014 “Best of the Net” anthology. Here they are all together.

Patience and Growth For Struggling Men

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These simple steps can help struggling men develop more patience.

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Generations

Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.

When I Was Pregnant

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Matthew Lippman’s poem provides a dark yet quirky look at contemporary manhood.

Liberation

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Sweet and sad at the same time, this poem from Jia Oak Baker speaks to age, desire, and a kind of freedom.