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Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lebian San Francisco (New Autonomy) Paperback – August 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0916397302 ISBN-10: 0916397300

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Product Details

  • Series: New Autonomy
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc. (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916397300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916397302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

There is an in-your-face quality to the pieces in this thin anthology of poems and short prose by some 50 writers. This is not mainstream gay and lesbian writing (like the "Men on Men" and "Women on Women" series), which helps make it bold, political, funny, and at moments profoundly sad. Here one can find aspects of what some refer to as the fringes of the gay and lesbian community: radical faeries, the transgendered, and folk into rough sex and body piercing. People of color and women are well represented. Susie Bright sums it up best in her introduction: "Beyond Definition is an entire volume dedicated to stories of sexual identity that weren't visible or understood before, let alone appreciated." Recommended for libraries and resource centers with established gay/lesbian collections.
Lee Arnold, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

This aptly titled anthology presents a set of unpretentious voices speaking plainly about the realities of San Francisco's gay and lesbian scene as it has evolved and affected today's society. Especially notable contributions to this compelling collection come from Robin White recalling the potentially erotic occasions of his "Brushes with Barbers"; Judith Fauconnier in her meditations on the "Breaking" of both hearts and spirits in the wake of a breakup; Lucy Jane Bledsoe in "The Rescue" as her narrator considers the crumbling of a crush on a businesswoman in suit and sneakers ("How low could I sink?"); and Edward Wolf in the moving AIDS poem, "Garden." Throughout, the epidemic that has ravaged San Francisco's gay population casts its shadow. Indeed, it permeates these powerful writings: "Isn't that just the most awful question: is it safe to kiss?" asks Robert Kaplan in "AIDS Death #54,911." Filled with loss, grief, and the spirit to endure, this is a welcome addition to gay and lesbian literature. Whitney Scott

More About the Author

Trebor Healey is an American poet and novelist. He was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and studied English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent his twenties in San Francisco, where he was active in the spoken word scene of the late 80s and early 90s, publishing 5 chapbooks of poetry as well as numerous poems and short stories in various reviews, journals, anthologies and zines. He received both the 2004 Ferro-Grumley Fiction Award and the Violet Quill Award for his first novel, Through It Came Bright Colors, and his story "Mercy Seat" was named one of the top ten online stories of 2004 by StorySouth. He received the Ferro-Grumley Ficiton Award a second time in 2014 for his novel, A Horse Named Sorrow, and received the Lambda Literary Foundation MidCareer Novelist Award the same year. He lives in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and around. www.treborhealey.com

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This anthology is a bit dated, but there are a few good reads. I picked it up thinking that it would offer a sense of 'Queer San Francisco,' but most of the writing was more closely centered around the 'Queer' than the 'San Francisco.'

The Healy, 'Fresh Produce,' the Liebegott, 'A Lot More Stable' and the Tofer 'Sex With the Damned' were the stand-out pieces, in my view.
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In this classic anthology published in 1994, you'll find original early works by Michelle Tea, Ali Liebgott, Mabel Maney, Trebor Healey, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Marci Blackman, Richard Loranger, Horehound Stillpoint, Simon Sheppard, Alvin Orloff, and many other truly great queer authors ... a must-have for queer reading completists!
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