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Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry

Works: 1,429 works in 1,453 publications in 1 language and 161,164 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biographies  Fiction  Autobiographies  Dictionaries  Prose poems  Concrete poetry  Gay poetry  Short stories  Humorous fiction 
Classifications: PS3515.U274, 811.54
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Most widely held works by Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry
Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 2,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this long-awaited biography, Wilde the legendary Victorian--brilliant writer and conversationalist, reckless flouter of social and sexual conventions--is brought to life. More astute and forbearing, yet more fallible than legend has allowed, Wilde is given here the dimensions of a modern hero. The author depicts Wilde's comet-like ascent on the Victorian scene and his equally dramatic sudden eclipse. He presents Wilde's Irish background, the actresses to whom he paid court, his unfortunate wife and lovers, his clothes, coiffures, and the decor of his rooms. The saga of his 1882 American tour is recounted with a wealth of new details; also his later impact on the bastions of the French literary establishment. The London of the Nineties, of Whistler and the Pre-Raphaelites, Lillie Langtry and the Prince of Wales, is evoked alongside Paris of the "belle époque" and the Greece, Italy and North Africa of Wilde's travels. This critical account of Wilde's entire oeuvre shows him as the proponent of a radical new aesthetic who was perilously at odds with Victorian society. After his period of success and daring, the fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas is followed by exposure, imprisonment, a few wretched years abroad and death in exile. The tragic end of Wilde's life leaves the reader with a sense of compassion and grief for the protagonist
The collected poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, for the first time, is a complete collection of Langston Hughes's poetry - 860 poems that sound the heartbeat of black life in America during five turbulent decades, from the 1920s through the 1960s. The editors, Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel, have aimed to recover all of the poems that Hughes published in his lifetime - in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals, and in his books of verse. They present the poems in the general order in which Hughes wrote them, and also provide illuminating notes and a chronology of the poet's life. Arnold Rampersad, the author of the esteemed two-volume biography of Langston Hughes, has written a perceptive and moving introduction that throws light on Langston Hughes's distinctive voice as a poet and the world in which he lived
Collected Poems, 1947-1980 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the verse of one of America's great poets over three decades
The best of Simple by Langston Hughes( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simple might be considered an Everyman for black Americans. Hughes himself wrote: " ... these tales are about a great many people--although they are stories about no specific persons as such. But it is impossible to live in Harlem and not know at least a hundred Simples, fifty Joyces, twenty-five Zaritas, and several Cousin Minnies--or reasonable facsimiles thereof."
Dog years : a memoir by Mark Doty( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life, the two dogs become Mark Doty's intimate companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Their tenacity, loyalty, and love inspire him when all else fails. Dog Years is a remarkable work: a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love, and loss. Mark Doty writes about the heart-wrenching vulnerability of dogs, the positive energy and joy they bring, and the gift they bear us of unconditional love. A book unlike any other, Mark Doty's surprising meditation is radiantly unsentimental yet profoundly affecting. Beautifully written, Dog Years is a classic in the making
Selected poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: With the publication of his first book of poems, The Weary Blues, in 1926, Langston Hughes electrified readers and launched a renaissance in black writing in America. The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who "rushed the boots of Washington"; of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in "the raffle of night." They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture. They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out "wonder and pain and terror-- and the marrow of the bone of life." The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "The Weary Blues," "Still Here," "Song for a Dark Girl," "Montage of a Dream Deferred," and "Refugee in America." It gives us a poet of extraordinary range, directness, and stylistic virtuosity
Don't call us dead : poems by Danez Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you
The fact of a doorframe : poems selected and new, 1950-1984 by Adrienne Cecile Rich( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems deal with nature, art, childhood, personal relationships, loneliness, illness, sexuality, memories, and death
Borrowed time : an AIDS memoir by Paul Monette( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For almost two years, day and night, Monette helped Roger Horwitz, his friend of twelve years, fight the AIDS calamity with courage and dignity. His is more than a testimony to the ravages of this plague, it is a love story -- one that explores the fullness of human connection and the pain of separation
A wild patience has taken me this far : poems, 1978-1981 by Adrienne Cecile Rich( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The images -- Coast to coast -- Integrity -- etc
Subterranean Kerouac : the hidden life of Jack Kerouac by Ellis Amburn( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing upon original interviews and his own relationship with Kerouac, Ellis Amburn reveals an inner man who has not appeared in any previous biography-a man torn by his conflicting desires and beliefs. Subterranean Kerouac has been singled out as one of the most significant biographies to appear in years, and it shows how Kerouac struggled throughout his life with poverty, alcoholism, and his doubts about his own lifestyle of substance abuse, indolence, and promiscuity
Ginsberg : a biography by Barry Miles( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering his life from his birth in 1926 to his career as a distinguished poet and professor, this is a biography of the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Barry Miles draws on their long friendship and on Ginsberg's own journals and correspondence to give a full account of his life up to his death in 1997
W.H. Auden : the life of a poet by Charles Osborne( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auden's career as writer and teacher, his relationships with other writers and his travels to other countries and the U.S.A
Night sky with exit wounds by Ocean Vuong( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A haunting debut that is simultaneously dreamlike and visceral, vulnerable and redemptive, and risks the painful rewards of emotional honesty
City poet : the life and times of Frank O'Hara by Brad Gooch( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City Poet is the first, and will stand as the definitive, biography of Frank O'Hara, the poet who was at the very heart of New York's literary and artistic life during the 1950s and 1960s. At that historic turning point when the art world's center had shifted from the Paris of Picasso to the New York of Pollock and de Kooning, O'Hara was a catalytic figure embracing the city as his muse. "His presence and poetry made things go on around him," his friend the poet Kenneth Koch has said. And this book brings it all to life: the late nights at the Cedar bar with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Juan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock; the poetry readings at the Living Theatre with Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, or at galleries with O'Hara's fellow poets of the New York School - John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Barbara Guest
Houseboat days : poems by John Ashbery( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is poetry the act of putting something together, or the art of taking something apart? Houseboat Days, one of John Ashbery's most celebrated collections, offers its own answer. Houseboat Days begins with the moving, unforgettable poem "Street Musicians", an allegory of artistic and personal loss that came ten years after the death of Ashbery's friend and fellow New York poet Frank O'Hara. But while many of the poems in Houseboat Days are strikingly personal, especially when compared to Ashbery's work from the 1950s and 1960s, the collection is less about the poet than about the act of writing poetry
My Alexandria : poems by Mark Doty( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A book about mortality, the mortal weight of AIDS in particular."
W.H. Auden : a tribute by Wystan H Auden( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty-six reminiscences and appreciations, by friends early and late, provide a richly illustrated portrait of the distinguished British poet, covering all aspects and periods of his life and work
A scattering of salts : poems by James Merrill( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this, his first new book of poems in seven years, Merrill is at the top of his form. His unrivalled poetic use of the private life is brilliantly evident. The stuff of autobiography is transfigured becoming a medium for the profoundest truth, couched in a language that draws on both rueful wit and elegant slang. From "Nine Lives," an Athenian fable, through "Volcanic Holiday," with its euphoric helicopter ride, to "Family Week at Oracle Ranch," set in a New Age rehab center, his vivid glimpses of the real world widen into surprising and meditative visions that touch us all
Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful--the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us."
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Oscar Wilde
The collected poems of Langston HughesThe best of SimpleDog years : a memoirSelected poems of Langston HughesThe fact of a doorframe : poems selected and new, 1950-1984Borrowed time : an AIDS memoirA wild patience has taken me this far : poems, 1978-1981Subterranean Kerouac : the hidden life of Jack Kerouac
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University of Wisconsin--Madison. Libraries. Department of Special Collections. Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry

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