R.G. Evans’s poem is a rough look at how race divides the poor.
Pepper Trail reports some quiet insights arrived at in the natural world.
Krista Genevieve Farris shares one of those odd parenting moments.
The electricity of the living and the dying churns through Dwight Gray’s poem.
Todd Davis writes of rural drug use, familial strife, and how teen boys support each other.
Darius Stewart reconsiders life and love, things had and things lost, in this searching poem.
Diane Lockward celebrates the beauty of the everyday man.
Not everybody gets to be Emily Dickinson–something Amherst poet Gerald Yelle implicitly addresses in this poem of teenage friendship.
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.