Bookmark: October, 2013
The Penetrated Male, Love in the Time of Global Warming and Nefarious
In Nefarious (Rebel Satori Press), his fourth collection of poetry, poet and spoken word artist Emanuel Xavier continues to write out of and about his own lived experiences, whether touching on the years as a teen hustler that dominate much of his previous work, or dwelling on more quotidian details of his present (his cat makes appearances in a number of poems). Xavier’s language, simple and straightforward, truly makes for a people’s poetry.
Fans of dystopian young adult literature like The Hunger Games will enjoy Francesca Lia Block’s roaming coming-of-age story, in which a teenage girl must search for her family after a major disaster changes the landscape of a near-future America. Loosely inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, Love in the Time of Global Warming (Henry Holt & Co.) stars an intrepid, endearing and queer young protagonist who is sure to have readers rooting for her.
In The Penetrated Male (Punctum Books), scholar Jonathan Kemp considers the penetrated male body as a motif in a number of classic literary sources (including works by gay greats like Oscar Wilde and Jean Genet). Kemp’s insights—critical, lyric and sexy—on what it means for a man to be penetrated are, well, penetrating.