It’s Raining Whitman
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Published in: September-October 2019 issue.


Lovejets: Queer Male Poets
on 200 Years of Walt Whitman
Edited by Raymond Luczak
Squares and Rebels. 297 pages, $25.



THIS YEAR MARKS the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, though the poet seems to be reborn on an irregular basis for various derivative purposes. Thus when I received the small book titled Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman, I sighed and assumed it would be the kind of insipid, self-congratulatory, gayish poetry that we often see in casual collections from little-known publishers.

         I have never been more wrong about a book. This collection is one of the finest anthologies of poetry that I’ve ever read.

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Alan Contreras is a writer and higher education consultant who lives in Eugene, Oregon.