Mystical images pervade Adam Hughes’s poem on life’s very real and very disorienting shifts.
Oklahoma Poet Laureate Benjamin Myers reflects on the pleasures and discontents of rural life.
“It takes so little to fill, then break, the heart,” says William Reichard, encapsulating tenderness in two verse paragraphs.
Adele Kenny expands a moment of beauty into a moment of intimacy.
Gary Bouchard’s poem isn’t “ripped from the headlines”; it is a headline. Not to mention a razor sharp persona poem on male desire and small town expectations.
Ray McManus ties manspreading to entitlement politics in this surprising poem.
Joy Ladin conveys the surreal sense of loss and defamiliarization that accompanies the aftermath of a divorce.
Stephen Scott Whitaker invokes the natural world to articulate moments of human connection.
Dennis Mahagin’s poem is a compressed tribute to the great Columbian writer.
*** Ben Berman’s first book, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville…
Read, or listen to Daniel Roy Connelly read, his poem to his son on confronting “the black dog” of depression.
Shades of noir as John Trigonis draws meaning from subtlety in this quiet, profound poem.
A father’s firmness and a young man’s growth are the focuses of Ivan Kershner’s tight, compelling poem.
Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus presents his nominees for the 2016 Best of the Net Awards
Lee Patton’s poem provides a stark look at southern poverty.
Ray McManus looks at how boys test each other in death-defying ways in this summer poem.