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Funeral Procession

The light changed to green. Bill sat. I sat. The car idled. Green became red and green again. Idling still I lost track of the cycles mesmerized by the mourners at midday...

After Three Years, Symptom-Free

by Helen C. Nowak Evening moans through Douglas firs, Stirs wood in a cauldron of shade, Riddling the past. Moonset glances backward At scarlet-splattered needles Forgotten behind fog. Shadows sigh to...

Boystown 9: Review

Boystown 9: Lucky Days by Marshall Thornton Kenmore Books Reviewed by John Francis Leonard It’s 1984, Reagan is running for his second term and private eye Nick Nowak...

Attempt One, to Tempt to Transform

  Attempt One, to Tempt to Transform Hungry, cold, confused Fever breaks me My skin is haunted Each pore feels like static I could reach another world I just cut a...

Prayer for Immunity in Grand Army Plaza

Prayer for Immunity in Grand Army Plaza At a quarter to dusk a moon froze in the groin of an elm, horses on the arch dragged...

From a Sick Girl in Burkina Faso

From a Sick Girl in Burkina Faso —near the Mali border, 1999 Ce n’est pas bon—It’s not good— these are the...

Warrior Princess, Ashamed to Die, For the Ferryman

by Justin B. Terry-Smith Dear Justin, I have a question: Can openly gay men who are positive join the Army or Air Force? —Detox I was in the...

Bruce Ward: March 2008

Time Differences Playwright Bruce Ward talks with A&U’s Chael Needle about his new play, Lazarus Syndrome, finding support & the need to stay on top...

Don’t Call Us Dead: Review

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith Graywolf Press Reviewed by John Francis Leonard Somewhere among a juxtaposition of race, gender, sexuality, and physicality lies the transformative poetry...

The Essential Randy Boyd: Review

The Essential Randy Boyd, Vol. 1 by Randy Boyd Amazon Digital Services Reviewed by John Francis Leonard In The Essential Randy Boyd its author gathers a powerful collection...

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Suzanne Poli: Artist

Record of Empathy Photograpaher Suzanne Poli Talks About Documenting the History of LGBT Struggles from Stonewall to AIDS by Lester Strong The June 1969 Stonewall riots in...