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Two Poems by Noah Stetzer

Posted on February 25, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Two Poems by Noah Stetzer Measure of a Man Numbers crowd this room: T-cells, viral load, telephone, clocks, oxygen, and the day. Longitude and latitude place us here in the ICU. Chalk on the blackboard graphs numbers on the axis, show the curve of my distinction. A barcoded wrist band spills out my story with [...]

Asha Molock

Posted on February 5, 2015 by in Features, Positively Literary

Words to Live By Philadelphia Activist Asha Molock Turns Her Positive Thoughts into an Inspirational Book for People Living with HIV by Chip Alfred Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Freedom G Photography When Paul McCartney sat down to write the lyrics for the Beatles’ hit “When I’m 64,” he wasn’t imagining someone like Asha Molock. [...]

The Fallen Angels of Karnataka

Posted on February 2, 2015 by in Positively Literary

The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by Hans M. Hirschi Yaree AB Reviewed by Alina Oswald Over the past three decades we’ve come to expect a certain kind of story from books covering—or even touching on—the subject of HIV/AIDS. Reads that dare to challenge these expectations are often considered too bold, or risk not being entirely [...]

This Is a Test

Posted on January 31, 2015 by in Positively Literary

This Is a Test Do you recoil like you should when the boy says clean to talk about his body? In the crook of your arm you cradle a bruise like a gray-blue quarter. Yesterday a nurse asked how you do with needles— fine as long as you don’t see it go in. When we [...]

Positive: A Memoir

Posted on January 19, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl, with Ali Benjamin HarperCollins Reviewed by Alina Oswald The word might very well be mightier than the sword, and in more than one way. That’s because words, and the actions they imply and/or encourage, have the power to forever change a person’s life…for better or for worse. Usually, people [...]

Passing By

Posted on December 22, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Passing By “It is not just that we are not what we were, rather it is we are not.” —W. Wayne Karr I’m racing up the marble steps at dusk because I’m a few minutes late, meeting Brian for coffee. He is laughing a bit, still shaking his head, astonished, when I bend to kiss [...]

Confessional Poem, Age Seven

Posted on December 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Confessional Poem, Age Seven Uncle Dennis is the entire state of Texas, expanse of great prairie and oil-rigged skyscrapers all contained in the rotunda of his five-foot-eight frame. But when my parents bring him home from Houston, it is 1990. My uncle does not wear his Stetson, does not hug me into the cowboy flank [...]

The Jordan Project

Posted on December 4, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Nonfiction by Jess Craig The Jordan Project It is winter but Clarisse’s light-brown skin glistens with sweat as she methodically lays out her pills on burgundy and gold tribal-print bedding. Iron and vitamin C for anemia, Amlodipine for tachycardia, Prednisone and Cetirizine for asthma, Clopidogrel and aspirin to thin the blood, Metformin for diabetes, and [...]

Wet Land

Posted on December 2, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Wet Land by Lucas De Lima Action Books Reviewed by Eric Sneathen Lucas De Lima’s Wet Land pulses with the enviably ludicrous energy and subversive nuttiness of queer underground filmmaking’s golden age. Wet Land is the kind of maximal manifesto worthy of Jack Smith, John Waters or the Kuchar brothers, calling out a generation never [...]

Monkey Orchid

Posted on November 19, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Monkey Orchid                                                                       ◊ Kelly McQuain’s Velvet Rodeo was recently chosen by poet C. Dale Young for BLOOM magazine’s poetry prize. [...]