Shane Allison: He Remembers

“You have to decide how honest you want to be in your writing: if you want to leave it in your diary or put it in a book. Yes, the experiences are intense but you have to allow yourself to go there, to cross that line.”

At the heart of Joe Brainard’s I Remember is a counter-intuitive nostalgia for unbelonging. In his long form poem-cum-memoir, Brainard shares glimpses of his childhood and early adulthood that evoke lusty contradictions—the pleasure, pain, and curiosity of growing up different in America. It is a tribute to the self that survived, and the selves lost along the way.

In the same way Shane Allison’s own version of I Remember, published in 2012 by Future Tense Books, also evokes a sense of wonder, frustration, joy and sadness…. read more

New in July: Bil Wright, Geoffrey Knight, Tenea D. Johnson & Sapphire

July is notoriously slow going in the publishing world, but there are still plenty of LGBT gems being released this month. Some highlights include: The Curse of the Dragon God: A Gay Adventure, by Geoffrey Knight, is the latest novel in Mr. Knight’s rip-roaring “Fathom’s Five Gay Adventure” series. It is a globe trotting tale… read more

'Slut Machine' by Shane Allison

Slut Machine (Queer Mojo) by Shane Allison is a thoroughly enjoyable, frequently raunchy, and poetically compelling account of gay male eroticism and identity. Widely ranging in formal experimentation, including free verse, sestinas, and pantoums, the poems speak to us with a seemingly autobiographical and fairly plain-spoken voice about the many pleasures and occasional pains of… read more