Poetry without Apology

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The Next Loves
by Stéphane Bouquet. Translated by Lindsay Turner
Nightboat Books. 114 pages, $16.95

 

The Book of Daniel
by Aaron Smith
University of Pittsburgh Press. 108 pages, $17.

 

 

TWO remarkable new books of poems have just appeared by two poets with very different world views. Taken together, they show—not only in their range and variety, but also in the depth of their frankness—just how far gay poetry has come. If gay desire was once timid, coded, or apologetic, it is now explicit and matter-of-fact.

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Dale Boyer’s new children’s book, Justin and the Magic Stone,has recently been published.

 

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