Erosion: Poetry by Phillip Brian Williams

Erosion As you die, a withering monument, I gather you pore by pore into my arms. Collect you and rock the crown of your offering—night sweats, your thinning frame, you...

May All Your Dreams Be in Color: Poetry by Naomi Glassman

May All Your Dreams Be in Color In the hospital I find you in more places, fitting your shadow into the empty sockets of wallspace that my...

Morning & Test Trials: Two Poems by Joy Gaines-Friedler

Morning 8/8/90: “Not to worry!!! I want to get better. I don’t want to suffer anguish, anxiety and mental pain anymore. I can’t live like...

Disclosure: Poetry by Brent Calderwood

Disclosure I really did cry over spilt milk. Sobbing at breakfast, napkin in hand, the broken glass, the blue skim slick spread thin as my mother’s money. When I slipped...

“Learning the Love Song…”: Poetry by Jennifer Su

"Learning the Love Song..." A girl leaves behind her beloved island, to seek the cure, riding a poem over the Pacific, like a lifeboat full...

Caroling at St. Vincent’s, 1986: Poetry by Marcia Pelletiere

Caroling at St. Vincent's, 1986 So typical of the sick, for years, my mind bent over microscopes, brooding for the millionth time about my injury. But now and...

Getting Down to It: Writing Poetry & Living with HIV

When A&U announced a few months back that I would be taking on the role of poetry editor here, I shared a brief insight...

Bed Making After the ER: Poetry by Robert Carr

Bed Making After the ER if I hold this threadbare sheet just right let hot breeze blow through my open window and become noon light I can almost feel the...

When the World Converted to Acronyms: Poetry by Joy Gaines-Friedler

When the World Converted to Acronyms for James Kerr                           Joy Gaines-Friedler teaches Advanced Poetry and Creative Writing for non-profits in the Detroit area, including the Prison...

Ash: Poetry by Whitney Sweet

Ash I was a kid and didn’t know you but went to your funeral my cousin died of AIDS but didn’t know what that meant just wore...

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