12 2 / 2012

A Choreographer’s Cartography (2007) Raman Mundair
This collection of poetry infuses themes from the author’s South Asian heritage with the Shetland Islands—a marginalized slice of Britain. With a dramatic and distinctively personal voice, these poems touch on a wide range of subjects, from a love for language and the anguish of war to Queen Victoria and the history of the waltz.

A Choreographer’s Cartography (2007) Raman Mundair

This collection of poetry infuses themes from the author’s South Asian heritage with the Shetland Islands—a marginalized slice of Britain. With a dramatic and distinctively personal voice, these poems touch on a wide range of subjects, from a love for language and the anguish of war to Queen Victoria and the history of the waltz.

20 8 / 2011

Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman is a collection of poems that Whitman continued to refine and republish alternate versions throughout his life. Many of the poems celebrate the love men have for other men. On it’s first publication, it was often considered obscene due to it’s explicit descriptions of desire and celebration of same-sex love, so much so that Whitman was even fired from his job.
One poem that tells explicitly of love between men is "Live Oak, With Moss." And one of his most famous poems, I Sing The Body Electric exalts both the male and female body, spiritually and erotically.

Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman is a collection of poems that Whitman continued to refine and republish alternate versions throughout his life. Many of the poems celebrate the love men have for other men. On it’s first publication, it was often considered obscene due to it’s explicit descriptions of desire and celebration of same-sex love, so much so that Whitman was even fired from his job.

One poem that tells explicitly of love between men is "Live Oak, With Moss." And one of his most famous poems, I Sing The Body Electric exalts both the male and female body, spiritually and erotically.

16 8 / 2011

Miss Furr and Miss Skeene (1925) by Gertrude Stein, is a poem that tells “the Tale of Two Young Ladies Who Where Gay Together and of How One Left The Other Behind.”
Miss Furr and Miss Skeene was the first published use of the word “gay” to mean homosexual, (the word had a double meaning in the poem), and was hugely influential in the adoption of the term.
The text of the poem can be found here. (It’s recommended that it be read aloud to get the full effect).

Miss Furr and Miss Skeene (1925) by Gertrude Stein, is a poem that tells “the Tale of Two Young Ladies Who Where Gay Together and of How One Left The Other Behind.”

Miss Furr and Miss Skeene was the first published use of the word “gay” to mean homosexual, (the word had a double meaning in the poem), and was hugely influential in the adoption of the term.

The text of the poem can be found here. (It’s recommended that it be read aloud to get the full effect).