Ice Garden

Ice

Dean Kostos expertly weds form and content in this poem–a villanelle–whose use of refrain and repetition reflects an old man’s movement through time and memory.

Age Doesn’t Dim His Blue Eyes

The author being held by his dad FOR 11-12-14

Dan Szczesny searches for connections with the dad of his youth.

Dear Young Men: I Wish Someone Had Told Me These Things

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

David Cain eventually learned that being a man isn’t what he was taught. Now he wants to spare young men the suffering he endured and forge a new concept of manhood.

What’s In a Role Model?

Kids and coaches

Sami Jankins suggests it’s time we start reexamining the qualities that make up who we want as today’s role models

Punchline

Aztec

Christopher Stephen Soden explores the uncertainty of queer youth–and perhaps youth in general–in this vivid poem.

How Do You See Me?

How do you see me

PK Kersey recalls how a single event woke him up to the way he was perceived by others.

In Case You Were Wondering

Man and Woman

Justin Hamm’s speaker confronts an insecurity common to many men and women.

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.

A Letter To My Future Son: Don’t Let One Girl Ruin Every Other Girl For You

6957898246_6b4836a4f0_z

A woman wrote a brilliant letter about heartbreak that all men, young and old, should read.

12 Things We Can All Start Doing To Get Rid Of The Hook-Up Culture

121-1024x1024-11

A Gen Y writer wants his generational tribe to slow down on having rampant casual sex.

Best Mom Ever Writes Incredible Letter To 13-Year-Old Son After He Came Out (Photo)

note1

Arguably, the most important component in the survival of gay teens is the supportive parent. Here, a mother writes a wonderful letter to her newly ‘out’ young son.

Next Town Over Kid

12148470696_6b31e0cf0e_z

Mark Ward paints a chilling picture of parental abuse based on gender performance and implied sexual orientation.

Why The Person You Love Should Be Your Favorite Hello And Your Hardest Goodbye

kiss_0885web

A dark, but realistic look at meeting ‘The One’. ‘Chick flick’ fans need not read.

Breaking Open

Eye

Peter LaBerge writes tenderly about his grandfather and the mysterious powers that young boys sometimes attribute to their elders.

Dear 15 Year Old Self: Shower Naked in the Boys Locker Room Now

locker room

And May the Force Be With You.