In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the Aids Pandemic

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``We wanted to collect writing that was smart, funny, reflective, angry, and immediate,'' says Howe (editor of Poets for Life) in his introduction. Thanks to this broad perspective, the editors have successfully pulled together many voices and viewpoints into a balanced and accomplished collection that includes unknown and often unidentified writers along with Mark Doty, Paul Monette and Harold Brodkey. The late Iris de la Cruz, a former prostitute, drug user and emergency medical technician, writes plainly and openly about her past and about feeling ``like I was the only woman in the world with AIDS. It was all gay white men.'' Christine Boose tells how her best friend from high school discovered she was HIV-positive when she got pregnant, then killed herself. One of several anonymous contributors, a 21-year-old college student, ruminates on why she continues to have unsafe sex, while another anonymous contributor mourns the passing of her drug-addicted daughter, ``her girl-child ravaged and addicted and hunted down like an animal.'' Denise Ribble relates a bizarre incident from New York City's Community Health Project: a woman calls and asks whether she's at risk because she's a lesbian vampire who consumes the menstrual blood of other women. ``If I'm really a vampire, I don't have anything to worry about because I'm immortal. But if I'm just a fucked-up woman who drinks other women's blood, I'm at risk aren't I?'' Some of this writing is very intense, some is more reflective, but all of it contributes to creating an effective whole. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552085
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 860,966
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Is There a Future? 3
The Bad News is the Bad News is the Same 13
Letter from Stephen 18
AIDS and the Poetry of Healing 20
A Shallow Pool of Time 33
Sex, Drugs, Rock-N-Roll, and AIDS 40
To My Readers 46
Fear of AIDS Killed Sarah 55
Unsafe Sex 59
Savage Grace 62
All of Us are Leaving 82
Jimmy Parker and Jean Lechance 89
One Mother's Story 92
My Favorite Uncle is HIV-Positive 97
Quilt 102
A Beautiful Day in the Week 106
A Day in the Life 120
Lucky Fellow and the Limitless Heart 123
All Through the Night 131
Letters to the Dead 141
Skills and Pills 148
Now is the Time for All Good 153
Realizations at Bedside 157
Loose Rider 162
Specimen Days 168
Pornography 176
I'll be Somewhere Listening for My Name 182
Puck 189
Acknowledgments 217
A Note About the Editors 221
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