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David Bergman - Heroic Measures All Books by David Bergman - Author of : Heroic Measures
Paperback - 96 pages (July 1998) 
Ohio State University Press; ISBN: 0814207847

"Gay Poetry; Bergman (Cracking the Code) relies on his superb knowledge of traditional prosody in the various forms he so purposefully explores in this, his second collection. The short dialogue between Death and a beautiful Young Man, which opens the volume, sets the elegiac tone for a dozen or so graceful poems about AIDS from a witty portrait of a wild transvestite who died by accident, unlike his co-workers at the hair salon, each dead by disease, to a narrative about taking part in a clinical study of HIV. Days of the 1970s tells the history of the decade simply by its clever rhymes: AIDS, escapades, parades, and raids. Cats figure in poems about desertion by a lover and about memory of a friend recently dead. Bergman's transgressions against entropy include smart lyrics about grubs at night, planting a garden, a mockingbird that sounds like a car alarm, and a group of poems inspired by art and travel. A skilled narrative artist, Bergman tells the chilling tale of a psychic, consulted by the police, who realizes that a missing boy was killed by his mother, and he also captures the voice of a female primatologist who prefers her monkeys to men. Poems about his aging father, including the wonderful title piece, combine Bergman's campy charms with his expressive clarity: While his father asks that no heroic measures be taken to sustain his life, his son preserves that life quite elegantly in his own strong measures."

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Perry Brass - Sex-Charge All Books by Perry Brass - Author of : Sex-Charge
Paperback - 72 pages (October 2001) 
Belhue Pr; ISBN: 0962712302

"Gay Poetry; The initial poems in Perry Brass' first book, Sex-charge, give you an idea of what this is all about: Humor, Realism, Sex, Romance, Magic.
As T.R Witomski, the noted and often inflammatory writer says, 'Sex-charge is poetry for people who don't like poetry... It is elegantly written, moving, and quite filthy at times." It is also never dull, often piquant, and very poignant."

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Perry Brass, Vince Gabrielly (Photo), Tom Laine (Ed.) - Lover of My Soul : A Search for Ecstasy and Wisdom All Books by Perry Brass, Vince Gabrielly, Tom Laine - Authors/Editors of : Lover of My Soul : A Search for Ecstasy and Wisdom
Paperback - 96 pages (November 1997) 
Belhue Pr; ISBN: 0962712388

"Gay Poetry; In 'The Lover of My Soul', Perry Brass offers us a biography of himself, as well as a spiritual journey of nakedness, surrender, and transcendence. On this journey he finds the 'lover of my soul,' that immense, deep connection found in moments of intense feeling. He finds the Lover in many places, including the mysterious metaphor of Jesus and in one of the most poignant 'S & M' poems in print. Click through to Amazon to read more about this poetry book."

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Justin Chin - Bite Hard All Books by Justin Chin - Author of : Bite Hard
Paperback - 128 pages (April 1997) 
Manic D Press; ISBN: 0916397475

"Gay Poetry; Poems, Bite Hard, a collection of poetry, fiction, and performance pieces by Justin Chin, weaves together a vision of otherness that is unique in gay writing. Chin, who was born in Malaysia, raised in Singapore, and is now living in San Francisco, writes from queer pan-Asian experience: outsiderness times two. Whether describing a series of bad ex-boyfriends (he has had seven named Michael, each worse than the one before) or being pursued by "rice queens" (white men interested only in Asian lovers), Chin's authorial power resides in his ability to articulate humor as well as rage in the reality of what it means to be an Asian American homosexual in a country that valorizes Caucasian heterosexuality. Witty, smart, and sexy, Bite Hard is the work of a young artist finding his voice with passion and intelligence." 

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Gavin Dillard (Ed.) - A Day for a Lay : A Century of Gay Poetry All Books by Gavin Dillard - Editor of : A Day for a Lay : A Century of Gay Poetry
Hardcover (June 1999) 
Barricade Books; ISBN: 1569801347

"Gay Poetry; From Greece's forthright Cavafy to France's renegade Genet; from Oscar Wilde's beloved Lord Alfred Douglas to Ginsberg and the Beats; from senior poets such as Harold Norse to the kids who will be writing poems in the new millennium--Gavin Dillard, one of the world's best-loved contemporary poets, has gathered the best of the 20th Century gay poetry "lest it be lost to us except in the lonely vaults of queer archives."

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Tim Dlugos - Powerless : Selected Poems 1973-1990 All Books by Tim Dlugos - Author of : Powerless : Selected Poems 1973-1990
Paperback - 116 pages (October 1996) 
Serpents Tail; ISBN: 1852424079

"Gay Poetry; Dlugos died of AIDS in 1990, leaving behind a body of what might be called second New York school verse. Like first New York school masters James Schuyler, John Ashbery, and Frank O'Hara, Dlugos took the everyday life of an urban aesthete--himself--as his subject and made it everyman's life. You don't have to be gay or share his pop-culture knowledge to sympathize with him, especially in this selection, which amounts to an autobiography. Dlugos first appears as a witty, sexy, poverty-stricken young literary intellectual; modulates into a more reflective, moderately wistful person as his youthful attractiveness fades; and becomes, despite this volume's title, which Dlugos chose, a powerful reporter-poet after he is diagnosed with AIDS and endures hospitalization. There is nothing "in-your-face," however, about the AIDS poems or any of the others. Rather, there is an appealing, intelligent, earnest personality in them, one strong enough, perhaps, to lend Powerless a life longer than those of most gay men's memoirs in prose."

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Mark Doty - Source All Books by Mark Doty - Author of : Source
Hardcover: 96 pages (November 27, 2001)
Publisher: HarperCollins; ISBN: 0066210135

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"Gay Poetry; 2002 Lambda Award Winner for Gay Poetry - This bold wide-ranging new collection -- Mark Doty's sixth book of poems -- demonstrates the unmistakable lyricism, fierce observation and force of feeling that have made his poetry significant to readers on both sides of the Atlantic. 
The new poems in Source deepen Doty's exploration of the paradox of selfhood. Are we edgeless and unbounded, or locked within our own singularity? What is it to be one person in the world's great multiplicity of selves? 
Source investigates matters of public life -- the degradation of Walt Whitman's vision of a democratic America, a child's display of longing on a New York sidewalk, Provincetown's restless summer crowds. But the poems also turn toward the realm of private struggle, how the self is claimed and lost through desire, how the dapple of light on a hotel windowsill makes a claim for the life of the soul. 
Source is a complex, boldly colored self-portrait; its muscular lines argue fiercely with the fact of limit, and pulse with the drama of perception, the quest to forge meaning."

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Essex Hemphill - Ceremonies. Prose and Poetry All Books by Essex Hemphill - Author of : Ceremonies. Prose and Poetry
Paperback - 200 pages 2nd edition (May 2000) 
Cleis Pr; ISBN: 1573441015

"Gay Poetry; Ceremonies offers provocative commentary on highly charged topics such as Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of African-American men, feminism among men, and AIDS in the black community."

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Michael Lassell - A Flame for the Touch That Matters All Books by Michael Lassell - Author of : A Flame for the Touch That Matters
Paperback - 112 pages (March 1998) 
Painted Leaf Pr; ISBN: 0965155897

"Gay Poetry; Michael Lassell has been one of the best-kept secrets of contemporary gay poetry. His books Poems for Lost and Un-Lost Boys and Decade Dance are treasured by those who know them. With A Flame for the Touch That Matters, Lassell again demonstrates his ability to move, startle, and enchant. As in all of Lassell's work, the themes concern not simply gay sex and love, but also gay desire and passion. Whether he is mourning friends who have died, bemoaning the problems of finding erotic love as an older gay man, or fantasizing about sex with a young naked man being tattooed by a rough-looking biker, Lassell understands how deeply sex and eroticism runs in all of our lives. With vibrant language and images that disturb as much as they console, Lassell's poetry works its way into our consciousness and dreams like memories and visions over which we have little control."

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