Not everybody gets to be Emily Dickinson–something Amherst poet Gerald Yelle implicitly addresses in this poem of teenage friendship.
coming of age
What if how I treat him impacts how he treats her?
A father’s firmness and a young man’s growth are the focuses of Ivan Kershner’s tight, compelling poem.
Ray McManus looks at how boys test each other in death-defying ways in this summer poem.
Pepper Trail’s poem is a striking meditation on the impermanence of the interrelated natural and human worlds.
What can you learn about yourself by coping with and understanding the first time you were told that to “be a man”?
Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.
People lose their sexual virginity and there is nothing spectacular about that, but we can still find a lot of stereotypical crap about something that is perfectly normal.
Do sex and intimacy always need to go hand in hand?
In 2002, when marriage equality was a term still yet-to-be, the world felt different. Coming out was still a big deal. I didn’t have an athlete to emulate who had navigated this world. It was up to me to figure myself out.
Seldom does one see a coming-of-age story as stark and as inventive as Marc Frazier’s award-winning poem.
Mike Berry is a dad who understands teenagers. Here’s what your kids want you to know.
Michael Colon found there were five things he had to remember as he let go of the trauma of losing his brother and discovered a new life .
Liz Lazzara recalls a time when she was a blank slate—and all she felt was blank.
As he nears his 45th birthday he has a message for his 13 year-old self about mistakes, parents, sexuality, and science.
How do boys from cultures with ancient traditions transition into modern manhood?