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Soho by Richard   Scott
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It feels so fitting to read Soho on the cusp of Valentine's Day, when so much thought is consecrated to our human commingling -- Scott trains that scope of desire, fetish-finding, and shame-spelunking on the lives and lovings of gay men. There are poems within to completely lay you flat out, shivering from their uncompromising intensity, the dual severity and helplessness you feel at their force of communication. The "Oh My Soho!" movement, which comes as a staggering, nosebleed-inducing conclusion to the collection, contains two instances of bisexual aggression, which do not so much give me pause as they reconfirm my interest in exploring the context for that pointed distaste.

Not a tour de force, a phrase so overused to ascribe brilliance that it's becoming sandpapery, but a punch to the jaw, which feels like a much better way to convey the weight of this book, the reeling in of it, the sock to the face, the perk to the prick, the necessity.

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Reading Progress

July 12, 2018 – Shelved
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 7, 2020 – Started Reading
February 7, 2020 – Finished Reading

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