Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems

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This award-winning anthology counters homophobia and promotes gay pride!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780595366736
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Ewww this book is gay

    I suggest not to read this book. It is very gay if u ask me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    "Holding Me Together" Perfect Insight

    Holding Me Together (Essays and Poems) By Duane Simolke Review By Mountman toExcel Press, an imprint of iUniverse.com, Inc. ISBN: 1583485511 First off, I want to let you know that I¿m not a professional reviewer. I am a person that just loves to read. If my reviews get at least one person to read a book then I¿ve done what I have set out to do. The latest book is "Holding Me Together" by Duane Simolke. The largest part of the book is an essay titled Reactions to Homophobia. This work is very thought provoking. One of my favorites is "Gay Sex is unnatural. Yes, for a heterosexual." This essay is full of ideas along this line. Duane has taken homophobic statements and given his take on them. Others include: "Homosexuals are just a bunch of men dressing up like women", "The average gay male has 5000-15,000 different partners per year." (Well, where are mine? I better get busy), "Homosexuality is a Mental Illness", and "The Parts don¿t fit." Duane has done his research. He has many references and interesting answers to scriptures, websites, books, etc. Once you have read his essay you will want to pick up your copy of King James and check it out in a different light. There is also a collection of poems. Now I¿m not normally a big poetry person however, there were a couple that touched me, as the style is tight and the imagery wonderful. Faces parts I - VII, really aroused my heart. Or in Bareback, Duane hits some, where they don¿t like it. If you want something to say when someone says a Homophobic remark? Well, try some of Duane¿s. I would recommend this to anyone. Someone that is just coming to terms with their own sexuality and they need answers to remarks they have grown up hearing. Or to the person that is making ignorant homophobic remarks. Duane Simolke's writings have appeared in several of publications, including; The International Journal On World Peace, Midwest Poetry Review, Perception, Caprock Sun, Community Voice, The New Voice of Nebraska, The Amarillo Bridge, and The Electronic Gay Community Magazine Duane is also the author of; The Acorn Stories, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. Just click his Name - Duane Simolke to see his website and or purchase information on any of Duane's titles. You can order Duane Simolke's books at most local or on-line bookstores. So Check it out. You will be pleased. Till next time, Be Safe, Be Proud, and most important, Be Yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    A welcome book

    Duane Simolke's Holding Me Together contains a long essay, Reactions to Homophobia. Reading it will be quite useful to any homophobe who possesses a mind open enough to read it. For me, a nonheterosexual, it was quite affirming as well. One-by-one, Simolke intelligently refutes the objections to gay existence: they recruit, it's not natural, it's against the Judeo-Christian bible, etc... This book will be even more useful for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and straights questioning their sexuality or just coming to terms with it. I would give this book to every young gay or lesbian I encountered. This book is reviewed by Copernicus again, who has six titles available on bn.com They all come from The Paradox and the Human Learning Series and deal with the morality of paradox in the physical, biological, and cultural worlds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    This book sheds light into the darkness of homophobia

    Duane Simolke¿s seminal work Holding Me Together is a gratifying mixture of scholarship, art, and personal expression. In the long essay, 'Reactions to Homophobia,' readers will meet an intelligent and patient narrator who takes virtually every ignorant question and misstatement seemingly ever made about gays and lesbians and, as though speaking to those who ask such questions or make disparaging remarks about homosexuals, refutes the ignorance. Simolke does, indeed, shed a brilliant light into the dark recesses of homophobia. But Holding Me Together is more than a refutation of homophobia. It is also a quite brilliant and accessible apologia for those who know that the Bible of Judeo-Christian heritage is chock full of contradictions yet are unable to point them out so well as Simolke does. At the same time, Simolke does not bash the Bible, but shows how it is truly utter nonsense to interpret its scripture so literally. The long essay is actually divided into a delightful collection of short pieces, focused around the notion that he is speaking to homophobes, fundamentalists, concerned (but ignorant) heterosexuals, and others. A short list of the subtitles of 'Reactions to Homophobia' indicates what the reader can look forward to. 'Unlike gay people, I don¿t tell people what my wife and I do in bed.' 'If a normal guy or a white guy gets beat up, hate crimes laws can¿t help him. That isn¿t fair.' 'Homosexuals can¿t be Christians.' 'The parts don¿t fit.' 'Gay people should try to be cured.' But this book is more than the long essay. Part Two is a collection of poems that are both soft-spoken and interior to the writer and yet so forceful, reading them is like being knocked over with a feather¿you feel a gentle touch, but are left stunned as in the multi-part poem 'Faces, Parts I-VII.' You cannot simply contemplate the devastation of AIDS on its innocent victims. Simolke will not let you merely feel the gentle touch of his poem about Jessica and other faces; you must also confront those who 'Thank God for AIDS.' In short, Duane Simolke¿s voice is gentle, reasoned, assured, but will leave you gasping for breath. Ultimately, you will be more knowledgeable at the end of the work than you were at the beginning. Ronald L. Donaghe is a technical writer and novelist from New Mexico. He has been published by Dutton, Edward William Publishing Company, New Mexico Council for the Arts, Xlibris Corporation and by Writer¿s Club Press (an imprint of iUniverse.com). His growing body of work includes essays in three anthologies, a book of essays, two novels, and a full-length autobiography.

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    Posted March 31, 2009

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