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Divining Divas: 100 Gay Poets on the Women Who Inspire Them
Editor Michael Montlack has assembled an anthology of 100 gay poets--award winners and fresh voices--in thrall with female icons ranging from Gloria Swanson to Mary J, Blige, from Edith Piaf to Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler to Lady Gaga. These are not merely appreciations of the gorgeous and daring but poems that are confessional to bittersweet to witty.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Lethe Press
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In this anthology, you will find contemporary gay poets' views on their choice of diva, be she fictional, literary or pop. This book, conceptually, is an interesting collection and the market needs it. However, I find this book very disappointing, mainly because of the quality. Most of the poems in this book read like stories, by which I mean the language of the poems are too prose-like. I am concerned with the language of poetry that makes poetry as such. Sadly, I am not impressed by the poems ...more
Michael Montlack is the editor of the essay anthology MY DIVA: 65 GAY MEN ON THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE THEM (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and the author of three poetry chapbooks: COVER CHARGE (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Prize) and GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS (Pudding House, 2008) and THE SLIP (Poets Wear Prada, 2009). His work has appeared in CIMARRON REVIEW, SWINK, THE NEW YORK QUARTERLY, POET LORE ...more