Catch up on what you missed with our round-up of all the reviews, columns, and essays published on LambdaLiterary.org the week of April 5 – April 9, 2010.

COLUMNS:

Queering the Literary Canon: ‘The Wedding Between Two Husbands’ a Lope de Vega play
by MIGUEL SANTANA
As the gay community struggles for the affirmation of its identity in the social and legal contexts, some of us look to our literary past to find models of the negotiations homosexuals have carried out to function as such. …

Yawp: Why National Poetry Month is Like the Gay Male S&M Activists Leather Night
by DAVID GROFF
For me, the annual nationwide poetry jamboree thrusts me back to my first foray into the world of S&M. …

‘The Marién Revelation’ Stokes Homophobic Response
by STELLA ZIMMERMAN
Although the novel has received astonishing reviews as well as having been named by The Examiner as one of the Top 100 most anticipated novels of 2010, The Marién Revelation has not proven to be an easy sell to foreign markets. …

5 POETS:

Eleanor Lerman: Five poets who changed my life
by ELEANOR LERMAN
I still remember the experience of reading that book—it was like coming upon the secrets of the universe. Like falling in love, deeply, completely and irrevocably. …

Marilyn Hacker: Five Poets
by MARILYN HACKER
It is hard to restrict myself to only five poets who changed my way of looking at the world, and at language and its possibilites. …

Ron Drummond: 5 Poets
by RON DRUMMOND
My father was Carl Sandburg. My mother was Robert Louis Stevenson. I too am a poet, although mom always thought I’d be a singer. …

Rigoberto González: 5 Poets Who Changed My Life
by RIGOBERTO GONZALEZ
Highlighting five makes me feel ungrateful to the other five hundred, but as I write and revise my list, I keep coming back to the following names for very different reasons. …

REVIEWS:

‘The Best of It: New and Selected Poems’ by Kay Ryan
by STEVEN RYDMAN
It’s this openness and space in Ms. Ryan’s poems that rewards multiple readings and assures me that I will return to many of them for their layers of wisdom. …

‘Map’ by Audrey Beth Stein
by SHEELA LAMBERT
The conversations that Audrey has with her friends and her inner dialogue feel very authentic and beautifully express the confusion of trying to pinpoint your spot on the Kinsey scale…

‘The Moonlit Earth’ by Christopher Rice
by ALAN CHIN
It is a story of devotion and love. Not romantic or sexual love, but the love of two siblings who have shared the same upbringing and know the same pain. …

‘The Pure Lover’ by David Plante
by NELS P. HIGHBERG
This style will throw off some readers who will wish for a more cohesive flow, but others like myself will appreciate seeing memory at work. After all, we remember in fragments. …



  • Lou Kief

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