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Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface of the well of grief

turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,

nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown away by those who wished for something else.

David Whyte, from Close to Home

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Men (and women) doing "inner work" have taken the journey Robert Bly describes as the "descent into the ashes" and from that point in themselves have created some beautiful poetry that describes their journey. M.E.N. Magazine has been proud to publish their work. Many of the poems are the product of the Seattle M.E.N. Poetry Circle.

I highly recommend two anthologies. The first is Men of our Time,(order on-line) edited by Fred Moramarco and Al Zolynas. It contains 257 poems which reflect both the commonality and the diversity of male experience in the United States today. Click here for further information about this book.

The second anthology is Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Poems for Men, by Robert Bly, James Hillman and Michael Meade (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1992) (order on-line)

The MenWeb on-line bookstore has a broad selection of poetry books.

Here are some poems from recent issues of the magazine, and some others we thought we would share with you.

 
 
 

Men's Work, by Robert Bly. This poem was first published in M.E.N. Magazine.
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Affectionate Witness, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem, published in Mr. Smith's most recent book, The Dark Indigo Current, was first published in M.E.N. Magazine.

The Boy Who Crawled, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem, published in Mr. Smith's most recent book, The Dark Indigo Current, was first published in M.E.N. Magazine.

The Reply, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem was published in Mr. Smith's most recent book, The Dark Indigo Current.

The Road to Kenora, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem was published in Mr. Smith's most recent book, The Dark Indigo Current.

Admiring My Father, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem was published in Mr. Smith's most recent book, The Dark Indigo Current.

Some Thoughts on My Grandmother, by Eaglecrow.

In the Middle of an Argument, by Timothy Young.

Martha Washingtons, by T.A. Delmore.

'55 Buick Back Seat Boy, by David Komisar.

Come See!, by Eaglecrow.

The Dark Night of My Home, by Timothy St. John Malone.

Last Night, by Trevor Garrud.

One Night, by Trevor Garrud.

Men's Movemet to Earth, by Bert H. Hoff.

My Father Promised Me a Sword, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem originally appeared in M.E.N. Magazine, and was published in Mr. Smith's recent poetry book Horse of Earth.

A Child's Tear, by Deano

Shadow Talk, by Richard Siegel

The Cruel One, by Thomas R. Smith

The Pleasure of Their Company, by Frederic Sibley

Blessings, by T.A. Delmore

The Boy Who Crawled, by Thomas R. Smith

Stepping Off the Pavement, by James Miller

Housesitter's Fever, by Frederic Sibley

Dad's Bread Bowl--Ceramic, by T.A. Delmore

Noodling Flatheads, by Joanne Barrie Lynn

Clark Kent, Naked, by Fred Moramarco

For Nicholas, by Fred Moramarco

The Voice Unseen, by Bert H. Hoff

For a Vet, by Rhonda Lee McCoy

Learning the Trick of Quiet Open Prairie 1870s, by T.A. Delmore

Finding Each Other, by Tina Lear

Stories, by Scott Rumage

Oasis, by Frederic Sibley

Father comes into the living room ..., by Chris Aune

What I Have Been, by Guy Peckham

Bal, a prose poem by Frederic Sibley

Fall, by Chris Knab

We Were So Light, by Eugene Marckx

Hermit Crab, by Richard Gibbons

Carcass, by T.A. Delmore

Green Stalks of Gladiolus, by Halim Dunsky

Brothers, by Frederic Sibley

My Dad's Hands, by Bill Kelly

Questions to a Panhandler, by T.A. Delmore

Woman to Man, by Moreah Vestan

Cask, by Eugene Marckx

Calling You, by Roger Easterbrooks

Hemlock, Revisited, a prose poem by Eugene Gibbins

Come In from the Rain!, by Thomas R. Smith. This poem originally appeared in M.E.N. Magazine, and was published in Mr. Smith's recent poetry book Horse of Earth.

Copper Tree, by Ted Gilley

Then and Now, by X.J. Kennedy

(Untitled) by Sal Salasin. Sal publishes an on-line poetry magazine on the Net, REALPOETIK

Halloween Costume, by Dennis Noson

After the Drumming, Before the Wedding, by Frederic Sibley

Old Love, by Ted Senecal

A Dad Thing, by T.A. Delmore

Coming Over the Hill, by Halim Dunsky

For Men who Still Consider Sex a Casual Occasion, by Frederic Sibley

Late for Thanksgiving Dinner, by Thomas R. Smith. This appeared in Mr. Smith's recent poetry book Horse of Earth

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