Friday, August 26, 2011

The Vital Gay Universe

Eshuneutics' seven-part review of Seven Studies for a Self Portrait gives itself away: it examines the poetry with generous attention, and reveals the reviewer's own disposition. Here is a man who is highly critical of any weak versions of what it means to be a gay poet, just as he is of any limited interpretation of the context and influences of a work of poetry. He calls for forceful expression and broad sympathy in writing and reviewing. Sincerity, that supposedly discredited Romantic criterion, is bolstered by knowledge and judgment, and so becomes hard-earned authority.

Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven.

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