April 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
In a strange but fitting act of synchronicity, two “sister poems” of mine have both recently been published. One–”After the Haircut”–you can read online at The Collagist, and the other–”What I Want to Remember”–is in the new print issue (#13) of The Los Angeles Review.
I am, as always, humbled and grateful to have them out in the world. Many thanks to my kind editors, and to my teacher Marie Howe for her guidance and insight into both poems.
February 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I was first introduced to Brenda Shaughnessy’s work in a high school poetry workshop, when my teacher brought in her much beloved poem “I’m Over the Moon” for our class to discuss. As teenage students of poetry are wont to do, my classmates and I were more concerned with articulating our feelings than anything else, and I think our instructor hoped the poem—the first from her James Laughlin Award-winning second book, Human Dark with Sugar—might get us thinking more critically about the role of music and metaphor in articulating our precious feelings. To call the moment a pivotal one for me is vast understatement: my understanding of the possibility of poetry was forever broadened, and “I’m Over the Moon” remains one of my favorite poems. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Some good stuff from around the web. Happy 2013, and happy reading!
- Sasha Debevec-McKenney writing on the upside of divorce.
- A poem by Erin M. Bertram over at Lambda Literary Review.
- This beautiful lyric essay on truth and poetry (among other things) by Danniel Schoonebeek for The American Reader.
- In Next Magazine, my piece on Aaron Smith’s new book Appetite, as well as my Top 10 Gay Books of 2012.
- Floating Wolf Quarterly’s two most recent digital chapbooks: Rebecca Hazelton’s Tender Trapper and Dorothea Lasky’s Thing.
- Four terrific epigrams by James Yeh on Wonder’s tumblr.
- John Deming’s interview with D.A. Powell at Coldfront.
- I was very excited to have a poem up at The Awl just before Christmas. Its dependably strong Poetry Section, edited by Mark Bibbins, has also featured poems by two other NYU MFA students in recent months: an excerpt from Mike Lala’s Portraits of the Artists as Their Own Subjects and “Matanuska” by Christine Larusso.
- Finally, please watch this new PacoVolume music video for his song “Olaf & Paul.” Written/directed by Jack Antoine Charlot and co-starring Adrien Brody, it’s tender, funny and tragic. Also, Adrien Brody and PacoVolume make out.
December 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I wrote and recorded this song when I was sixteen. Please enjoy the lolzz.
Photo of me at sixteen, after the jump… « Read the rest of this entry »
September 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
In no particular order:
My piece for Next Magazine on Lonely Christopher and his new chapbook Crush Dream, which is terrific, and which you should go order from Radioactive Moat (a BARGAIN at $6, including shipping). UPDATE: My copy arrived in the mail today–check out this gorgeous hand-painted cover:
Also for Next, I wrote a preview of my most anticipated books coming out this fall. It’s a good season for gay lit.
Over at Lambda Literary Review, we’ve got a slew of great poets who’ve recently been featured in the Poetry Spotlight, including Stephen Zerance (“Anne Sexton’s Last Drink” and “Lindsay Lohan”), P. Elan (“What I Will Get), Nick Comilla (“Montreal Sestina” and “Pure Form”), and Chris Emslie (“Blanks”). « Read the rest of this entry »
August 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
August 14, 2012 § Leave a Comment
David M. Halperin has written an excellent new book called How To Be Gay, out now on the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. I had the pleasure of exchanging some emails with Halperin about the book, and wrote about it for this week’s Next Magazine.
For more great gay writing, check out the latest Poetry Spotlight over at Lambda Literary Review featuring two poems by D. Gilson, one of my favorite up-and-coming gay poets.
And for EVEN MORE…keep your breath bated for the release of Sophia Le Fraga’s new chapbook I Don’t Want Anything To Do With The Internet. (Keep This Bag Away From Children) on August 17. Read my review for LLR here.