My Son’s Voice Changed Today

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There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.

Married

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Timothy Liu’s look at sex, gay married life, and cruising is both rough and playful, a celebration of lust that almost hits, but narrowly avoids, a kind of sorrow.

Take the Realness Challenge

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How much realness do you have?

Poem for Saturday

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Justin Hamm offers his own simple philosophy of thanksgiving and celebration in a poem that will ring true for many.

My Last Lover Was

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Jeff Walt captures a moment of loss in a poem that is both stark and lovely.

Rabbits

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Lauren Camp’s poem points to the surprise intersection of destruction and tenderness, a place that some men have surely occupied at some point or another.

Pathways to Being Good

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How can a man get from the mud to the stars?

Imagining Three Decades of Change

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What is life now if I became a free man again?

Coming to Poetry, Age 58

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In this brief essay, poet Philip Clark shows us how poetry can enter our lives at any point, while at the same time challenging the assumption that success belongs primarily to the young.

I Am an American Teacher. I Am an American Soldier.

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American soldier and educator J.D. Wilson explains how the military taught him to be a better teacher and a better man.

Counting Change

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Michael T. Young offers a meditation on beauty and value, past and present, via a thoughtful parallel.

Poetry as Courage, On This Veterans Day

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“Peace, So That” is a reminder of what war does to everyone involved.

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All Vietnam veterans have stories. Allen Fraser Clark’s involves a child, a game, and a tragedy.

Forgiving Himself Can be the Hardest for a Man

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A man serving a life sentence can forgive himself. Can you?

Puberty

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A day in the forest and a shared moment of wonderment bring a father and his teenaged son together.

Bones

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Von Thompson writes of the Pacific Island nation of Palau, haunted by the clash of Japanese and American forces during World War II.