The Merchant of Grief: Poetry by Walter Holland

The Merchant of Grief He does not do so willingly nor does he set the price, His are meager things to collect, things which others would neglect....

Plague Years: Poetry by Walter Holland

Plague Years "As of 2018, about 700,000 people have died of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, and nearly 13,000...

It Seems: Poetry by Joy Gaines-Friedler

It Seems only three years ago we began our goodbyes. Pray for me you asked, and I had no idea how, or if I did pray what it might...

Ghosts Ambling Along East 46th Street: Poetry by Raymond Luczak

Ghosts Ambling Along East 46th Street Not ever expecting to see you again, you appeared, walking ahead. I felt like a wren. I stayed behind, not wanting...

“So there will be no distraction”: Poetry by Simon Perchik

Poetry So there will be no distraction you shower at night, your hands kept cold as the same sound snow breaks off bit by bit whose only defense is...

Dan: Poetry by Larry Schulte

Dan “when i want to kiss you, i kiss the ground.” Danez Smith The language you spoke from your hospital death bed unintelligible to the rest of us. Was...

Waiting on a Miracle: Poetry by Joe Bisicchia

Waiting on a Miracle Will wine ever flow despite all the vinegar in my veins? I know it shall arrive, the balm, whatever its welcoming face, sure...

Poets for Life: Philip F. Clark on Why Writing Matters

Poets for Life A&U’s New Poetry Editor on Why Writing Matters by Philip F. Clark “emaciation, grisly cancer, no future, heart of gold, passionate engagement with a great B film,...

It’s Not Over: Poetry by Mark J. Mitchell

It's Not Over The NAMES Project in Atlanta Just behind The Silver Skillet past the parking lot, a seamstress works—mostly alone—Names are kept here—sorted, folded, catalogued. Shelves are full and...

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