'Obscenely Yours' by Angelo Nikolopoulos

It can be hard to tell if Angelo Nikolopolous’s debut collection is a masterfully lyrical tribute to gay sexuality or a highly sexualized vehicle for his lyric mastery. Obscenely Yours is both a romp and an expose. The collection is not defiant, but celebratory, as excited about the pleasures of language as the pleasures of the… read more

'Circuit' by Walter Holland

Towards the end of Walter Holland’s book Circuit (Chelsea Station Editions) a few sonnets suddenly arrange what had been a formal feeling into form. “Afternoon, Fire Island,” my favorite poem of the book ends this rental house we have—a real wreck— old and worn, “Leisure” from another time— hardly the glamorous places we used to… read more

Observations about LGBT Literary Heritage in 10 Rants

The following is a transcript and video of Jason Schneiderman’s remarks at “Building LGBT Literary Traditions”  panel with Julie R. Enszer, Eloise Klein Healy, Tony Valenzuela and Reginald Harris at the 2011 AWP Conference in DC…. read more

'then, we were still living' by Michael Klein

Michael Klein’s second book of poems arrives seventeen years after his first poetry collection, 1990. There were two memoirs in the intervening years and as you might expect, Klein’s return to poetry finds him less interested in narrative. He’s still a consummate storyteller, but there’s more play with sound and language—a willingness not to explain…. read more

Alex Dimitrov, Wilde Boy

I don’t remember quite how I met Alex Dimitrov (right, with Zachary Pace), only that once we started spending time together, I realized that he was a force of nature. When he first mentioned his idea for the Wilde Boys, a salon for gay male poets in New York, I was supportive but skeptical. Every… read more

'Amorous Shepherd' by Dante Micheaux

Amorous Shepherd is an amazingly ambitious book. By every measure its range is large. Formally, Micheaux is a master, but not a show off. His concerns and subjects are geographically diverse and span a good three thousand years. Speakers don’t seem to reappear, and rarely would we guess they are Micheaux himself. Despite how different… read more

'The Dirt Riddles' by Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh’s The Dirt Riddles is a focused and autobiographical first book. It mines his experience growing up on what is surely the most revolting farm I have ever seen lovingly depicted. Much of the book pushes back against a pastoral and eco-romantic tradition (think of this as the anti-“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”) to insist… read more

'Delphinium' directed by Matthew Mishory

This thirteen-minute short feels a bit like a mash-up between Jarman’s films The Last of England and Caravaggio with a touch of Todd Hayne’s Poison. Jarman fans will recognize Mishory’s deployment of Jarman’s iconography and technique, including collaged home movies and episodic, dreamlike narration…. read more

'Chroma' by Derek Jarman

Upon its initial publication, The Economist called Chroma, “an appropriate legacy for a colourful man who was just as proud to be homosexual as Randy Shilts… who died a couple of days earlier.” Chroma was published in January 1994; Jarman died in February of that year. The reviews of Chroma blended with obituary, and many… read more

Five Poets Who Changed My Life

I hate the idea of “life changing.” It’s terrifying! Who wants to consider their life as a serendipitous bricolage rather than a carefully considered plan? But one must repay good fortune with gratitude, and in that spirit, I thank these poets for their roles in my life. Tom Sleigh I’ve never told Tom this, but… read more