Mary Jo’s Recent Stories
Poetry Sep 05A poet’s ode to the meaning of work
Philip Levine wrote 20 collections of verse, won a Pulitzer Prize and served as Poet Laureate of the United States. Yet he always considered his main mission was to document and honor the lives of working-class people.
Poetry Aug 29Poet explores the explosive potential of the bikini
Caitlin Doyle tries to use language in a way that prompts readers to let down their guard and enter a poem for the visceral pleasure of the sounds.
Poetry Aug 15This poet worries about not being able to protect his son from violence
Poet Joseph LMS Green wrote the poem "Hands" as a reaction to police violence against young Black men and the helplessness he feels in protecting his young son from such situations.
Poetry Aug 08Road to Rio is paved with poetry for runner Alexi Pappas
The 26-year-old athlete, who will compete in the women's 10,000 meter at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, was a poetry major.
Poetry Aug 01A poet sees the light after the darkness of illness
Judith Barrington writes about memory, childhood, love and mortality. “When anything impacts me emotionally or spiritually or intellectually, my immediate response is to put it into words, to capture it — which of course no one can do. The written…
Poetry Jul 18A poet who sees love and fear as intertwined
Kasey Jueds writes personal poems about childhood, memory, relationships and longing. “But I hope they’re not strictly autobiographical. I love when there is mystery left for other readers and that they aren’t so pinned down to my life that there…
Poetry Jul 11Of black shootings by police, poet asks: When will it stop?
Poet Ed Pavlic has written numerous poems and essays about the complicated relationship between black men and the police. Much of it comes from personal experience.
Poetry Jul 04Instead of fireworks, poet sees American skies lit up by history
John Brehm wrote the poem “Fourth of July” about a soldier who tried to brush burning embers off his chest, only to discover he was missing his right arm.
Poetry Jun 27The goal of this kids’ story about soccer? To foster a love of poetry
Nick Hall, the 12-year-old protagonist in Kwame Alexander’s latest novel-in-verse, “Booked,” is a soccer star who dreams of playing in the European Cup. Unfortunately, his days are filled with the more mundane challenges.
Poetry Jun 20After the Orlando tragedy, putting the defiant act of survival into poetry
Poet Joe Jimenez turned to poetry in the days following the Orlando tragedy. “The Orlando shooting saddens and enrages me. And I wonder to what extent I’ve been complicit in the violence by remaining silent? "…