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...

“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...

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,...

Lines on my HIV Test: Poetry by Mike Zimmerman

Lines on my HIV Test “Glory and light of poets! now may that zeal and love’s apprenticeship that I poured out on your heroic verses serve me...

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...

Two Decades and then Some: Poetry by Raymond Luczak

Two Decades and then Some No one writes about the dead anymore. The fear of infection and loss isn’t so dramatic now. Pills are today’s answer to...

Man Made Out of…: Poems by Nathaniel Rosenthalis

Man Made Out of Medical Institution after Brendan Fernandes’ “In PrEP We Trust” A blue field I in a blue shirt see two other men in different blue shirts walk away then...

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...

Visit IV: Poetry by Mary Kathryn Vernon

Editor's note: Originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of A&U.   Visit IV On the skirted porch that flanks two sides of the house, on a wicker table, kept...

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...

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