We’re looking for poetry — usually narrative but always accessible — that invites us into your confidence and leads us to revelation. Here are a few recently published poems and the qualities of each that caught our eye.
Sernaker elevates the common trope of remembering a writing teacher by transforming into a litany of gratitude for graces large and small. The poem shifts from slyly observed everyday delights to an earnest wonder at how fleeting life can feel.
Bathanti’s eulogy disguised as a description of heaven is lively, almost manic, though its implicit grief helps keep the poem from becoming saccharine. Everyone so lovingly imagined is, unlike the speaker, dead, and his loss grows palpable by the end.
Janae’s snapshot of life in Brooklyn during the early pandemic lockdown captures so much in its details, from the speaker’s clear affection for their community to the heavy toll of systemic racism. It balances personal experience and cultural commentary well.