My Last Lover Was


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



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


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.


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

Counting Change


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.

Tai Sao?


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?



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



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

Want to Get Thousands of Clicks on Your Article?


Make a list, forget literature, and abandon the craft of the word-smith. After that, can there be justice for literature?

The Fear Mongers


Dwight Gray brings home the ISIS beheading of journalist James Foley, and does so in a way that challenges cliche and oversimplification.

Saturday Reader Tweets of the Day


See what our readers are saying about @goodmenproject on Twitter!

I’ve Had Enough I Must Change

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Defining the moments that made me look within myself for change.