Summer of Love Poetry 2

Each of these writers enriched my world view with a deeper sense of ‘otherness.’ My view is pretty wide already but it still limited by my white cismale reality. I grew up an east coast town where I didn’t meet anyone of another race until I left high-school (long story for another blog post.) But growing up queer give me a radically different pov on the world around me. But even the queer world can be narrow focused so meeting these fine fearless – no fearless is the wrong word, because they have their fears, but is there a word for people who aren’t held back by their fears?red lights

The other collections I read this past summer are:

venus selenite is another writer I first met at Fire 2015 & who at Fire 2016 launched ‘trigger’ her first collection. Political, polemic, direct & effective pieces in a collection that overflows with styles, structures & even some humour. A ‘trigger’ warning is something poets are to state before presenting a piece that contains material that may cause adverse emotional reactions: i.e. childhood sexual abuse. venus challenges us with the fact that her very trans-self may trigger regardless of content. 16redhockey03Slipform: Moon Salt – this is the departure collection – pieces produced by several poets during the Slipform workshop. Each in a different structure: sonnet, triad & all successful. I did a small version of the workshop at Fire 2016 & really like the alphabet form – each line starts with the next letter in the alphabet.16redlights01Finally is Francisco-Luis White’s Found Them. I heard Francisco at Fire 2016 but they didn’t have copies of this fresh from the press chap book. I downloaded mine from Amazon. The pieces deal with gender, romance & queer sexuality without gender. Highly personal, deeply felt & resonant they present a process of realization that invites the reader rather than challenges them – the realizations seems so matter-of-fact one wonders why anyone would be stressed or triggered by such basic human evolution.

I’m not a critic or even a sociological analyst – just a white gay guy who reads & writes poetry. I’m not trans, my struggles haven’t been racial profiled, yet I find my human need for acceptance & the search for a voice & someone to listen to it, is the same. I no longer burn with the anger that fuels some of these writers – mine was dampened when I saw that it wasn’t rational for me to demand an understanding world when I didn’t really understand myself. Besides understanding is over-rated 🙂 16redme04Search these writers out – you might find your worldview enriched in unexpected ways too.

Vita E

Dane Figueroa Edidi

kay kassirer

Angelique Palmer

Slipform: Moon Salt

venus selenite:

Francisco-Luis White

read part 1 here: Summer of Love Poetry 1


Innocent As Charged

I would never do that

trust me

that isn’t my style

I’m not ever going to try it

I know better

so should you

yes I’ve tried many things

will continue to do so

but that isn’t one of them

I know it wouldn’t suit me

not at my age

not at this stage of my life

it would be creative suicide


I’m pushing my own boundaries

but never in that direction

I would look desperate

as if I wanted to seem hipper

than I am

or than I think I am


being hip

isn’t that important to me

I’d rather be myself

the self I am at the moment

not the one from last year

or even last week

I change often enough

without adding that

I’m not out to reinvent myself

but at the same time

I don’t want to be always

presenting the same identity

there’ll never be such a radical shift

I have several of them anyway

some are just more expected than others

so expected

that even when I don’t deliver the usual

people remember it as being

more of the same

change isn’t enough

but somethings I won’t do

just for attention

that is one of them

does that surprise you?

you thought I’d be willing

to do anything

that I was a spot light whore

willing to do what it takes

I’ve surprised you once again


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October  6 – Thursday Toronto, 7:30 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.hotoct

November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo


December – Thursday Dec 1st – Toronto, 8 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.divine


Early 2017:

my first local feature in over a year: location date TBA

it came in

April season 3 FINALS – Friday April 15th Buddies in Bad Times – early show – 7pm startgames

June 2-4: attending: Capturing Fire 2017 –


check out these poets from Capturing Fire 2015:


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