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I Loved You More

Posted on April 16, 2014 by in Positively Literary

I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer Hawthorne Books Reviewed by Sally Hessney Tom Spanbauer’s latest novel, I Loved You More, is about a writer, Ben Grunewald, who is left bereft and brokenhearted after a rift opens up between him and his best friend, Hank Christian. The rift is caused by Ben’s other friend, Ruth [...]

Logic as the Second Person Singular

Posted on April 14, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Logic as the Second Person Singular AIDS sufferers in Papua New Guinea have been buried alive by their terrified relatives….If they killed the victims with a machete it would expose them to infection, they believe. —The Telegraph, August 28, 2007 The birds are gone, it’s all dead now so you can stop taking pictures of [...]

Memorial Quilt

Posted on April 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Memorial Quilt The last time we kissed our friend, was in upstate New York. She lived off a patch of gravel-strewn lane where willows overhang the road’s shoulder and the light’s raked retreat can mask subtle patterns ahead: a scrap of lawn, hoarfrost, the taut chill of breath. Where, slowly, silver branches switch and set [...]

Where Ghosts Come From

Posted on March 27, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Where Ghosts Come From Fiction by Christian Hanz Lozada The family knows Dad hated mahu, gays. After 20 years here, an American wife and kids, he still acted fresh off the boat to the core, haunted by a wife who hurt his machismo. But he hurt his masculine image when he changed from engineering to [...]

Ethel Merman

Posted on March 25, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Reviewed by Nancy Ellegate Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa…and Me by Tony Cointreau Prospecta Press Reviewed by Nancy Ellegate Ethel Merman and Mother Teresa? Both were “other mothers” to Tony Cointreau whose family had made a fortune from the liqueur of the same name. He grew up well-off in New York City, with regular visits to [...]

Body Counts

Posted on March 11, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Body Counts A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival by Sean Strub Simon & Schuster Reviewed by Larry Buhl Even those intimately familiar with the darkest days of the AIDS crisis might not know Sean Strub. Diagnosed with HIV in 1985, Strub protested with ACT UP at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and and was part [...]

The Messenger

Posted on March 10, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Essay by Amy Peters It was 1994. I was a nineteen-year-old college sophomore in Florida; I was also a member of the local ACT UP chapter, and freshly certified by the Red Cross as a pre- and post-HIV test counselor. This was in the days when HIV tests were done by blood draw, and you [...]

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif

Posted on February 13, 2014 by in Features, Positively Literary

The Fierce Language of Self-Determination Khafre Kujichagulia Abif talks about his anthology of poems, prayers, essays and affirmations for people living with HIV/AIDS by Larry Buhl On the Facebook page for the anthology Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens, editor Khafre Kujichagulia Abif says “Thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve.” Many [...]

Next Season

Posted on February 11, 2014 by in Positively Literary

[NONFICTION] Next Season by Karin McKie His voice was weak, tremulous. “This is Gary Graul, returning your call,” with no additional details. Great, I thought, somebody else to hand-hold, someone not technologically savvy. He sounded the same when I called back to interview him live. His manner didn’t waver like his voice. He stayed on [...]

Triptych for Christopher

Posted on January 16, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Triptych for Christopher I. Roller Coaster It’s sitting down with the doctors for the very first time and being told that our son is sick, dying, his body turning on itself, that makes it real, that gets this roller coaster going. Having words like options and chances and wishes in our vocabulary now—we grip the [...]