The Universal Problem With Gay Poetry…

Below is an excellent article discussing the problems that authors of male gay poetry face in gaining recognition for their work. It also resonates with me because of one reply I got from a leading literary agent who read Fairytale, who told me that there was much to admire in my work, but due to its niche appeal would be hard-placed to land a commercial publisher. By niche market, of course, he meant gay. However, the million or more gay people in this country, I would argue, is not niche but it is neglected. It is ignored.

Here’s one writer’s thoughts on the problem. PLEASE COMMENT AND DISCUSS!

CLICK TO READ: “Other Avenues” by Gregory Woods.

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2 thoughts on “The Universal Problem With Gay Poetry…

  1. How F…… narrow minded !!!! I am not gay/lesbian I am I presume in the straight/single/maybe lonely category !! but I want to read and know the sort of literature you are writing .. its eye opening and entertaining to anyone who has a intelligent mind …. please pursue getting your work published …. preferably by someone with intelligence 😉 XXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Thanks Anna! I think the hope for a lot of LGBT writers, but also for poets in general, is that through the internet we can build new outlets for our work that give us a louder voice. But we, poets gay and straight alike, also have to take responsibility for making work that is relevant beyond our small, academic readership, but which talks about the world we are ALL living in. Quite an exciting challenge I think!

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