Delilah: We always hurt the ones we love

Steve Garrett writes how our griefs tell the story of our love.

The Rest of Us

Tom Mallouk subtly and profoundly takes on on the painful subject of boyhood sexual abuse in this wrenching poem.

I Can Hear You

Prerna Bakshi describes what hearing, but not being heard feels like.

Lullaby

Susan Comninos’s poem is a wife’s tender, quiet, and deeply felt tribute to a husband.

Satine

Desire awakens

The Leopard

Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.

Maybe, Just Maybe, We’re All Terrorists

We didn’t have to unleash the monsters inside of us because didn’t have to watch our parents be murdered.

Caveman Survey

Ray McManus makes his GMP debut with this intense, introspective poem on husbands, wives, and their many intimacies.

The Crown Ain’t Worth Much

You get high enough they’re gonna lay you on the asphalt til your blood runs back to where your Momma stays.

Unforgotten

Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.

To All the Men Out There

I have something I need to say.

White Supremacy isn’t Dead. It’s Just Got Grey Hair.’

In my nightmares, I can hear my inheritance bound and gagged, sobbing in the back of history’s off-white pick-up truck.

Dear Mississippi,

Ed Madden gives a powerful reading of his poem written in response to Mississippi’s HB 1523–an anti-gay, anti-trans “religious freedom” law which, oddly enough, names poetry as a specific good or service that can be denied.

Childhood

In advance of Mother’s Day, here’s a poem from Christopher Nelson which celebrates beauty and a son’s love for his mom. It’s also one of those poems that makes you go “Oh!” at the end.

Never Break Up With a Poet

Because you know what they’re going to say…

Come What May

I am home