Desire High Heels Red Wine

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Sweet, seductive, dark and illegal; this is Desire, High Heels, Red Wine, a collection by four gay and lesbian writers. The writing ranges from the abrasive comedy of Sonja Mills to the lyrical and insightful poetry of Margaret Webb, from the campy dialogue of Sky Gilbert to the finely crafted short stories of Timothy Archer. Their writings depict dark, abrasive places populated by bitch divas, leather-clad bodies, and an intuitive sense of sexuality and gender. The writers' works are brought together in an ...
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Overview

Sweet, seductive, dark and illegal; this is Desire, High Heels, Red Wine, a collection by four gay and lesbian writers. The writing ranges from the abrasive comedy of Sonja Mills to the lyrical and insightful poetry of Margaret Webb, from the campy dialogue of Sky Gilbert to the finely crafted short stories of Timothy Archer. Their writings depict dark, abrasive places populated by bitch divas, leather-clad bodies, and an intuitive sense of sexuality and gender. The writers' works are brought together in an elaborate and striking design by three young designers.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From Canada comes a lively but ultimately slim sampling of short stories and poems by four gay and lesbian writers of coffeehouse and 'zine fame. Sonja Mills's ``Thicker Skin in Thirty Minutes'' includes a short, beguiling prose piece in the form of a help-wanted advertisement for sexual partners and ``Someone to fall in love with. This miserable, mutually masochistic and hellish position is available sporadically. The pay is lousy.'' Sky Gilbert follows with a diverting series of energetic and clever satirical poems about the vagaries of gay love and sexual desire (in his ``Some Denial,'' a middle-aged man sorts through his feelings about an ex by detailing the qualities of the man he insists he no longer misses). In Timothy Archer's short story ``Closure,'' a young man on the way home from a Christmas party serendipitously accepts an offer of money for sex, with some darkly picaresque results. And in Margaret Webb's poem ``Memories of Beef,'' a woman looks back ruefully on a rural adolescence spent watching cattle raised for slaughter. What unifies the writers is their accommodation of smooth literary intellect with coarser modern erotics. Catchy pop-art design is clearly intended to make the book more appealing to a younger readership but often serves to distract from the writing. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895837261
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer, filmmaker, director and sometimes drag queen, Sky Gilbert is one of Canada's most controversial artistic forces. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1952 and since 1965 has lived in Toronto, Ontario. He is a co-founder and was artistic director of Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
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