Childhood

Knuckles

Christopher Nelson remembers “Bloody Knuckles”—and the disturbing things it taught us about manhood.

‘Can I Call You Hannah?’

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Spoken word artist Christopher Michael has a few serious questions he wants to ask Miley Cyrus.

Lacrimosa

Child

It’s not entirely clear who haunts Philip Clark’s coming-of-age poem more—the dead or the living.

At Buttermilk Falls

Ditch the Cover: A Dad’s Feelings on Open-Air Breastfeeding

Todd Davis offers a powerful poem of listening, reflection, and the natural world.

When My Father Woke

Mask

Pay close attention to Ed Madden’s poem about an invalid father; the speaker reveals perhaps more than he intends to.

The Canoe Ride

Water

Looking both inward and outward, Kenny Fries reminds us of how beauty “elevates our lives beyond mere description.”

Sunday Morning Chocolate

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Pepper Trail presents a touching slice-of-life in this jewel of a poem.

Selfie: Manscape

Manscape

Aaron DeLee uses the trend of “the manscape” to powerful effect in a poem that is clearly about more than just manscaping.

Biography of a Heretic

Pray

Daniel W.K. Lee challenges parental expectations and a son’s subtle pressure to conform.

Want to Date This Man’s Daughter? Only Good Men Need Apply

Want to Date by Button Poetry

Jesse Parent (yes, that’s actually his name) takes aim at his daughter’s future suitors in this passionately delivered poem. Could a father love his daughter more than this?

The Foyer of a Soldier’s House

Home

Poet and U.S. Army veteran Dwight Gray captures how war changes soldiers in this poem of departure and homecoming.

Fall Equinox

Moon

Using the challenging yet intensely musical ghazal form, Scott Wiggerman takes us inside the mind of a man questioning his relationship.

What Are Your Most Bittersweet Days of the Year?

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On Sunday night, I realized the next day would have been my mom’s 65th birthday.

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

Bath

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.