Sunday Night in My Thirties

Bassinet

Thom Ingram reflects on the pressure some of us face to have children.

Humanity

Fertility

Nica Cornell writes boldly on genitalia and the human beings attached to them, expertly engaging both the private and the planetary.

Ambition

Condoms

Joshua Peralta presents a small, irreverent moment of bonding between two guy friends.

bitter, sweet, tart

Marriage

Much like in a marriage, simplicity and directness are virtues in Telaina Eriksen’s wry, tender poem.

Learning to Foxtrot

Dance

In this touching, relatable poem, Jessica Server offers some sympathy to those boys whose “deep phobia of dancing” keeps them from getting close to the women they pine after.

Have We Lost the Human in the Humanities?

human in humanities by freakyman

The study of humanities ignores living people. Mikhail Epstein calls out for a new humanities that seeks to transform the human condition.

Collect

Phone

Terry Lucas presents a real long-distance man…and the son who wishes they were closer.

Takaaki

Bomb3

In this excerpt, Eric Norris writes about an awkward, thoughtful conversation with his Japanese-American boyfriend, both men recalling their fathers’ roles in World War II.

The Unacknowledged

Unacknowledged

To kick off National Poetry Month, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus writes about poetry’s role in “the unacknowledged world” and invites all readers to consider their own “moments of being.”

After They Finish With You

Hospital

The speaker of RG Evans’s poem bids a dying father farewell in this passionate reflection.

Sonnet at the End of Eating

TV

Jeff Oaks evokes the late-night loneliness of television in a dark room, and the sense that something has been lost.

“Guns themselves are not the issue, taking lives is.”

guns

This comment by Mike Welch on the post The Handgun Rules

Pencil

Pencil

Teresa Mei Chuc sheds light on the violence of war, reflecting on the pencil’s–and the missile’s–ability to both write history and erase it.

Rage Fu Hustle

Kung Fu Hustle

In this examination of a problematic father-son relationship, Jim Churchill-Dicks takes the rollicking camp of the cult film Kung Fu Hustle and combines it with the manic weirdness of dreams. The result needs to be read to be believed.

My Father’s Pulse: The Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

Cobalt Lakeshore

Last spring, I attended the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival in Cobalt, Ontario with my father.

Long Meadow

Tractor 2

Three generations of men populate Todd Davis’s poem about sons and grandfathers, a reflective piece on the circularity of past, present, and future.