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Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher
     

Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher

by Gary Fisher, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Editor), Michele Aina Barale (Editor), Jonathan Goldberg (Editor), Michael Moon (Editor)
 

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The incandescent African American writer Gary Fisher was completely unpublished when he died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 32. This volume, which includes all of Fisher’s stories and a generous selection from his journals, notebooks, and poems, will introduce readers to a tender, graphic, extravagant, and unswervingly incisive talent. In Fisher’s

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The incandescent African American writer Gary Fisher was completely unpublished when he died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 32. This volume, which includes all of Fisher’s stories and a generous selection from his journals, notebooks, and poems, will introduce readers to a tender, graphic, extravagant, and unswervingly incisive talent. In Fisher’s writings the razor-sharp rage is equalled only by the enveloping sweetness; the raw eroticism by a dazzling writerly elegance. Evocations of a haunting and mobile childhood are mixed in Fisher’s stories with an X-ray view of the racialized sexual vernaculars of gay San Francisco; while the journals braid together the narratives of sexual exploration and discovery, a joyous and deepening vocation as a writer, a growing intimacy with death, and an engagement with racial problematics that becomes ever more gravely and probingly imaginative.
A uniquely intimate, unflinching testimony of the experience of a young, African American gay man in the AIDS emergency, Gary in Your Pocket includes an introduction by Don Belton that describes Fisher’s achievement in the context of other work by Black gay men such as Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill, and a biographical afterword by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume of poetry, short stories, and journal entries was selected and edited by noted Duke theorist Sedgwick from notebooks Fisher kept from high school through his death from AIDS at 32. This first publication of Fisher's work evidences an extraordinary talentit is full of wit, always honest (sometimes brutally so), deeply intimate, and colored throughout with an overriding sweetness. Fisher explores the difficult and overlapping terrains of sexuality, race, and racism; the body (his relation to others and to his own changing body); and death. Fisher's journal and other writings also chronicle his growing identification as a writer and a passion for the process of writing that the reader can hardly escape. This is an important addition to the too-small body of works by African American gay men; for all libraries with gay studies collections.Karl Bryant, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
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“Such acuity, such merciless wit, such love of language, such a passion for the process of writing: Fisher’s work makes me remember the first time I read Hart Crane, thinking then, as I do now, how much such a writer could have accomplished during a longer life, while marveling at what he did accomplish, writing driven by the energy of genius, honed by mortal urgency.”—Marilyn Hacker

“I admire Gary Fisher’s writings for their unrelenting focus on the more knotty psychological issues of gay identity, thus further problematizing the notion of a monolithic black identity. His work will help us start seeing the black gay male writer as an individual rather than as a symbol, a martyr or a mascot. Again, Eve Sedgwick surprises and astounds us with her insights into the universe. Don Belton’s introduction to the world of Fisher is useful, touching, and timely.”—Michele Wallace

“The importance of Gary Fisher’s work cannot be overstated. Presenting a singular and now lost artist, Gary in Your Pocket adds much needed insight into the forum of AIDS and sexuality. It will handily transcend any normal sense of audience or perceived notions of appeal.”—Randall Kenan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822317999
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/18/1996
Series:
Series Q
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including Tendencies and a book of poetry, Fat Art, Thin Art, both published by Duke University Press. Don Belton is the editor of Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream and author of Almost Midnight.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including Tendencies and a book of poetry, Fat Art, Thin Art, both published by Duke University Press. Don Belton is the editor of Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream and author of Almost Midnight.

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