The Poetry of Men’s Lives
An International Anthology

Edited by Fred Moramarco and Al Zolynas

An unprecedented gathering of poems that reveal the inner lives of men around the world


"A fascinating anthology. The coeditors have done a commendable job of harvesting work from many different cultures and languages. It is also impressive how many little-known or unknown poets and poems from around the world the authors have managed to root out and include."
—C. K. Williams, author of The Singing: Poems

"This is an ambitious attempt to document the fact of contemporary male poetry in a ranging context of cultures and place. All one can say is, More! "
—Robert Creeley, author of If I Were Writing This

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Alive with the wisdom, artistry, and emotion of more than 250 poets from nearly one hundred countries, this anthology celebrates the multifaceted experience of contemporary manhood. The lives into which these poems invite us reveal the influences of culture, heredity, personal experience, values, beliefs, wishes, desires, loves, and betrayals. Men are notoriously reluctant to open up and discuss these things; and yet when they do--as in these poems--they tell us about their families, lovers, relationships, political and religious beliefs, sexuality, and childhoods. There is much to learn here about who men are and how they see their worlds.


  • Collects close to three hundred poems, in English or English translation, by more than 250 poets.
  • Nearly one hundred countries are represented, from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand).
  • Organized in topical sections: Boyhood and Youth; Families; Identities: Cultural, Personal, Male; Men and Women; Myth, Archetypes, and Spirituality; Politics, War, and Revolution; Sex and Sexuality; Poets and Poetry, Artists and Art; Brothers, Friends, Mentors, and Rivals; Work, Sports, and Games; Aging, Illness, and Death.
Page count: 448 pp.
Trim size: 6.125 x 9.25


List price: $32.95

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Fred Moramarco and Al Zolynas are widely published poets. Moramarco is a professor of English at San Diego State University and editor of Poetry International. Zolynas is a professor of English at Alliant International University in San Diego. They are coeditors of The Poetry of Men's Lives: An International Anthology and Men of Our Time: An Anthology of Male Poetry in Contemporary America (both Georgia).