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Bunkong Tuon: Two Poems

I wake up overwhelmed
with love. Time slows.
I hear each beating of
the wings on a hummingbird.

April 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: All But Lost

in the small print of NASA history
the story of my father: Harold E. Bauer,
known as Hal, technical director
of that workhorse, the Saturn IV-B.

January 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Satan and the Snowman

I don’t have relationships,
the old drunk explained
with surprising wisdom,
I take hostages.

December 18, 2021 · 13 Comments

Video: Miracle Jones | The Radical, Revolutionary Resilience of Black Joy

In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community organizer and activist Miracle Jones offers a heart-to-heart … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: Heartland Hospice

When I was a kid, sick, he’d sing Hank William’s
Hey Good Lookin,’ call me his best girl.

September 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Martha Silano: Nothing I Did

My father said no infinity times, said all As,
no A-minuses. In 6th grade I devised a plan:
if I was perfect, if I made no sound.

September 1, 2021 · 5 Comments

Christine Skarbek: Jocelyn

It soon became obvious she could not speak.  Finally, after many attempts, I got her name out of her, Jocelyn and finally, she looked at me straight on and said in a whisper, “You know, I used to be pretty.  I used to be smart.”

August 26, 2021 · 8 Comments

Marco North: Of Fountains and Wells

water holds spirits…water can be holy, and sacred.

August 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Pauletta Hansel: Joy

When we finally sprung my father from the hospital
after days spent staring at the cardio unit’s
cinderblock walls the color of nothing
good, his joy could not be contained.

July 21, 2021 · 4 Comments

Martha Silano: Poem that Begins at the Core

A mother who lived to peel apples,
bake the most exquisite pies. Suffuse the air
with delicious love. A father gah-gah for fossils,
mummies, cow manure.

July 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Kimberly Parish Davis: Cheating Songs

If it wasn’t a man singing a song about cheating on his woman, it was a woman singing about how she was going to get her man back from some other woman. In Daddy’s mind, he was the hero of every one of those songs.

June 26, 2021 · 9 Comments

Kevin Shafer: Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids – helping make society more respectful and equitable

All men who support and care for children have a critical role to play in instilling positive social values in future generations.

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Judith Alexander Brice: My Papa’s Music

We weren’t a talking family
especially when it came
to discussing why I locked myself
in the bathroom upstairs

January 13, 2021 · 5 Comments

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