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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Gary Fincke: The Local Cemetery

Says she has purchased space
In the Garden of Dreams,
Which, so far, leaves me out

August 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

George Drew: Positive Space

he taught me how to make a military tuck
of the sheets and blankets; the way a quarter should bounce,
and when it did, the way he’d smile and clap my back. I lived for that.

July 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

David Adès: These Are the Men

Into the lush gardens of their hearts
they took me,
gardens of unexpected flowerings
amid bracken and tangles of vines

July 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

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

Jay Carson: Railroad Bill

I have always lived within the sound
of the Pennsylvania Railroad
which moans, then sings, and rides me at night
to the sound of my father’s voice

June 20, 2021 · 4 Comments

James Crews: Tomatoes

He came back grinning, gripping
a bag of homegrown Beefsteaks so fat
they were already bursting their juices
through the brown paper

May 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Coming to Terms

There is no lasting happiness
in this world, only
particles of happiness,
fleeting, unpredictable,
transitory as a fragrance
or a falling leaf

April 10, 2021 · 28 Comments

Video: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Alexander discuss “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

President-elect Joe Biden, poet Elizabeth Alexander, psychologist Angela Duckworth, and a chorus of working fathers and sons join Poetry in America host Elisa New to reflect on Robert Hayden’s sonnet “Those Winter Sundays.”

February 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: Snow

Ghosts wear snow in the early morning hours and walk around like debutants at a ball. The wind lifts the hems of their long dresses and there is nothing beneath but a few dog tracks. How lonely it must be to be dead.

February 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Negative Space

Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, “Negative Space” is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.

January 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jeffrey Harrison: Double Visitation

There I was with my father again alive
walking around the back yard together,
and I hardly noticed that it wasn’t our back yard
or that he looked like he was in his fifties.

September 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Fatherly Advice

Live every moment of your life
As if you are just born

September 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Daughter of the Sea

Daughter of the Sea is a cinematic poem evoking a fisherman’s relationship with his daughter and with the sea. Shot in the French town St Jean de Luz.

July 18, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Work

The father sanded the gunwales,the boy coiled the lines.
And I admired them there, each to his task
in the quiet of the long familiar.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

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