Marc Frazier reminds us of how easily marriage and family life can become perfunctory.
War touches even those who don’t see combat.
A sunset is a promise of rebirth, or salvation perhaps.
A blues man fallen on hard times finds a moment of solace in Eric Allen Yankee’s poem.
The contents of six flowerpots offer an object lesson in appropriation and privilege in Laura McCullough’s poem.
Tina Cane engages in a tender, imaginary correspondence with the acclaimed, pseudonymous Italian author.
Len Lawson writes of what we endure when we lose a father early.
Daryl Muranaka remarks on how quickly an everyday situation can turn into a test of machismo.
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.