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The Queer South: Lgbtq Writers on the American South Paperback – September 16, 2014
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Think about it: When have you been in the South and not had a queer experience, in any sense of that word? It's got to be the queerest space on earth. Matter of fact, go ahead and strike Queer from the title of this book. These writers are talking about the The South, period.
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A native Mississippian, Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh (Lethe Press, 2012), which traces the intense love between two young men from the excitement of their first meeting to the aftermath of a tragic suicide. A former Lambda Literary Foundation Poetry Fellow, he received his BA summa cum laude in classics and English and MFA in creative writing from The University of Mississippi, where he edited The Yalobusha Review. He teaches literature and writing at Indian Springs School, an independent boarding and day school in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The writers in this anthology all deserve mention: alphabetically they are Dorothy Allison, Shane Allison, John Andrews, Derrick Austin, Jeffery Berg, Richard Blanco, Perry Brass, Dustin Brookshire, Jericho Brown, Joey Connelly, William Cordeiro, C. Cleo Creech, James Croteau, J.K. Daniels, Nick Dephtereos, David Eye, Jason K. Friedman, D. Gilson, Ellen Goldstein, Mirian Bird Greenberg, Elizabeth Gross, Johnathan Harper, Scott Hightower, Matthew Hittinger, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Rex Leonowicz, Sassafras Lowrey, Tyler Lynn, Bo McGuire, Rangi McNeil, Kelly McQuain, M. Mack, Ed Madden, Jeff Mann, Randall Mann, Mary Meriam, Stephen S. Mills, Cameron Mitchell, Foster Noone, Joseph Osmundson, Eddie Outlaw, Seth Pennington, Evan J. Peterson, Kenneth Pobo, Brad Richard, Hannah Riddle, Laurence Ross, Liana Roux, Kevin Sessums, Del Shores, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Will Stockton, Dan Stone, Christine Stroud, Billie Tadros, TC Tolbert, Dan Vera, Annie Virginia, Valerie Wetlaufer, C.T. Whitley, Scott Wiggerman, Cristan Williams, and L. Lamar Wilson. An example from Seth Pennington follows:
Five years ago when I first stepped
from freezer to office when I learned
what a morgue was after being
locked inside the cold by my
older brother: `Say yell.' I couldn't. He would
quiet, abandon. Leave me finally
in Autopsy with its hearts in glass, and
then sixth grade - we dear
hearts given bonus for bringing
deer hearts to dissect but not
for throwing them like footballs
through the ceiling tiles and into our own
faces - these things that make grade
school more memorable. When you remember
the taste of animal blood on your lip, strawberry
ice cream after being suspended, sliced
prejudicially from the slab of Neapolitan, the vanilla and
chocolate left to frostbite by Grandmother, her
loose skirts and tight depression-era sense of `Hell,
I'm gonna use all the sugar I want.
I would eat so much the spoon
would exhaust into a dumbbell - I swear -
until it would fall sticky onto the shag
(this before my lesbian cousin told me
carpet is for more than cleaning - this
before I knew what carpet meant).
Girl friends tell me this is why
I have no girlfriends.
That is why I have boyfriends.
More stories and poems fill this richly collated anthology than about any other you'll read right now. This book contains more impactful information and entertainment than most anything you'll find this year. Grady Harp October 14