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My Life as Adam

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First collection of poems by Pushcart-Prize nominated BRYAN BORLAND, a gay poet in Arkansas. From Philip F. Clark's introduction: "[Borland] shows us a rogue's gallery of men, all captured in that flash of insight that is both a mirror and a door." This book includes 70 poems. Details and samples of Borland's work at www.bryanborland.com
Paperback, 121 pages
Published March 11th 2010 by Sibling Rivalry Press (first published February 22nd 2010)
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Grady
Sep 07, 2010 Grady rated it it was amazing
BRYAN BORLAND
MY LIFE AS ADAM

‘You have to have been there…’ No, this insensitive statement regarding whether or not the reader can or would understand the depth of feeling of a journeyman is shattered in Bryan Borland’s intensely honest and painfully lovely book of poems, MY LIFE AS ADAM. Bryan Borland is a gay poet, writing from experiences and developmental thought patterns that have defied the at times Sisyphusian steps to becoming a sexually liberated male. He enters his world as a nascent,
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Guy
Nov 04, 2010 Guy rated it it was amazing
My Life as Adam, starts right in the beginning, when hormones meets social norms and the expending mind of youth. It follows with poems about love, fear, loss and joy, the struggle of a social deviant to cast a light on the absurdity of judgement and the struggle for self understanding. The story of a modern-day oppression in the Land of Freedom. Don’t get me wrong, Bryan Borland, the author, is almost never on the down side of things, rather in a place to show a pity for those who fight fear of ...more
Hugh
Sep 29, 2015 Hugh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I have become an eager fan of Bryan Borland's striking yet lithe writing. He presents photo-realistic sketches of life growing up, growing up gay, and how significant events in his life crafted him into who he is today. With an enviable self-awareness he talks about his own shortcomings and strengths as well as those of others, meshing encounters into a montage of insights and consequences. His awareness also shines a light onto events of the times he lived in and the politics that surrounded hi ...more
Matthew
Sep 01, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, queer
Borland has certainly grown as a writer. His most recent collection is heartbreaking, but here he is clearly a new poet. The language stumbles even when strong and smart. I loved and related to a lot of these poems despite their flaws.
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