Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gregory Woods reviews "Ganymede Poets One"

Gregory Woods, the professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University, reviews Ganymede's first anthology of poetry. Having enjoyed his book of poems Quidnunc (review), I am pleased by his mention:
...what impresses me here, before we even begin on the content, is the quality of the verse. Christopher Gaskins, for instance, impresses me not so much for what he says as by the way he says it in lean, sinewy, unsentimental free verse. The same might be said of Matthew Hittinger¹s syllabics and Jee Leong Koh¹s disciplined, rhyming quatrains. And there are always individual lines to take one¹s fancy: I did enjoy this sentence from R.J. Gibson¹s "On Main Street": "Like some classist / prat in a Forster novel with a boner for the help, you want a little trade."

1 comment:

Eshuneutics said...

Woods obviously enjoyed "cruising" the book...I liked his implied point that gay poetry is saying more about gay life than the gay novel with its predictable stories. That is a fascinating thought...the extent to which the gay novel is trapped within tedious narrative structures in a way that gay poetry is
your gay narratives, for example, in Equal to the Earth, break the mould.