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Gay Haiku Hardcover – May 10, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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About the Author

JOEL DERFNER graduated from Harvard with a degree in linguistics. His work for the musical theater has been produced in London, New York, and various cities in between. In an attempt to become the gayest person ever, he took up knitting and got a job as a step aerobics instructor.

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one


I don't understand.
You love it when I do that--
Wait, no. That's Stephen.


two


Frantically hiding
Porno and Mapplethorpe prints--
Mom is on her way.


three


Remember when I
Said I disliked oral sex?
I meant just with you.


Four


My seventh birthday;
I weep at Barbie's Dream House.
How could you not know?


Five


The salmon's divine,
But I'm afraid we can't stay--
I fucked our waiter.


six


It's our second date,
And I'm not sure I love you.
It's time to break up.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076791984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767919845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book in Barnes & Noble because it looked cute and I thought it might have some fun stuff in it. It turned out to be terrific! I laughed almost the whole way through. I went back to get another copy as a present for a friend but they were sold out so I ordered it from amazon. I'd definitely recommend this book to people looking for something smart and funny to read or to give as a gift.
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A great, fun, quick read and/or gift (terrific text, but it's beautifully produced too -- and won't break the bank). And by the way, if you're straight (I am), don't be put off by the title -- love is love is love; whatever your orientation, you'll relate to the take on romance (the good, the bittersweet, the downright awful).
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Format: Hardcover
This little book of haiku with gay themes had the potential to be a cutesy "impulse" sort of purchase, but it ended up truly delighting me on many levels. Each little three-line poem, alone on its page, evokes a complete narrative--possibly even an epic novel--condensed into seventeen syllables. The quick hit of each poem, usually a wry laugh, blends into the pleasure of recognition . . . and finally, your mind is forced to provide some sort of context for the unfolding scene it is forced to imagine. I had to keep flipping back to to the author's photograph on the back cover to see the face of the person who could come up with such things. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
OK, maybe it's the only Gay Haiku book ever, but this book is fantastic. It's laugh out loud funny, clever, and incredibly sharp and insightful. It's also often surprisingly poignant. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
But I really enjoyed this book. Funny story, I was actually trapped in a BN during a rainstorm when my girlfriend plucked it off the shelf, just on a whim. We read it from cover to cover, laughing non-stop at the author's wealth of wit in economy of word. There are passages in this book that in only syllables had us at once laughing and crying, which personally, is an occurrence too infrequent with contemporary literature these days. The truest tesatment to his book though, isn't so much the thorughly enjoyable read, but that I had no idea my connection with the author until I finished it and saw his picture on the back flap. "Oh yeah..." I thought. Four out of five dentists agree: Gay Haiku - not just a novelty. Get it. Love it. Share it with your mom.
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