Queer Spirits: A Gay Men's Myth Book


A fascinating collection of myths and stories from around the world that offers gay men a key to discovering the myths and heroes of their lives.

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A fascinating collection of myths and stories from around the world that offers gay men a key to discovering the myths and heroes of their lives.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Award-winning author (The Zuni Man-Woman) and spearhead of the gay men's spirituality movement in the U.S., Roscoe has assembled and annotated a diverse, sometimes irritating, sometimes involving collection of poems, stories and myths that either explicitly or implicitly engage archetypal gay experience. Some of his choices are intriguing and amusing-Hans Christian Andersen's ``The Ugly Duckling'' becomes in context a fable of coming out. Classical figures-Ganymede, Hyacinthus, Endymion-are admirably well represented, as are figures from Native American myth. The ``two-spirit'' of Zuni mythology is an empowered ``third gender'' figure that Roscoe presents as a positive alternative to the Oedipal narrative of the homosexual's genesis. Less satisfactory are Roscoe's annotations, many of which are self-indulgently autobiographical; one can't help wondering if the book sometimes blurs the distinction between what is personally meaningful and what is genuinely archetypal. (May)
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These selections of mythology and folklore, from Chinese tales and Native American legends to gay archetypes gleaned from erotica and other literature, sample such writers as Hans Christian Andersen, Flannery O'Connor, James Thurber, Jean Cocteau, James Broughton, and Walt Whitman.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807079393
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/26/1996
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 1,484,587
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Invocation 23
The Golden Key 25
Two Pretty Men 28
The Basket and the Bow 31
A Temple of the Holy Ghost 34
Behind the Hill 38
First Contacts 43
We Two Boys Together Clinging 46
What One Dreams, That Will Be 50
The Ugly Duckling 53
I Am Holy 63
Soft Man 65
The Gallus and the Lion 68
They Have Been Given Certain Powers 81
A Very Great Doctor 83
I Alone Keep Up Life 86
I'm Going to Have You 95
There Was Great Rejoicing 97
His Appearance Is Brilliant (Asushunamir) 101
Hurrah for the Mahu! 110
Respect 114
Wearing Rings on My Ears and Bangles on My Wrists (Arjuna) 118
Strap of My Bra, Hem of My Pants 123
A Different World 126
Auld Scratty'll Git Thi 127
Why Lizard's Head is Always Moving Up and Down 134
Son of the Sun (Begochidiin) 138
A Vast Hermaphrodite 143
Becoming One Instead of Two 150
None Like Him (Kepakailiula and Kaunalewa) 157
He Is an Equal to You (Gilgamesh and Enkidu) 169
All Ills Grow Better (Baldr and Loki) 183
When You Piss, I Shall Piss As Well 192
Linked Jade Disks 197
That Moon Which the Sky Ne'er Saw 202
Gold Is Put into Our Eyes 216
Muscle Bound 220
Snatched Away (Zeus and Ganymede) 228
He Fell in Love When the Mountain Rose Was in Bloom 236
And He Remained with Him That Night (Jesus) 246
You Will Now Perhaps Be Less Angry (Kolhamana) 249
The Power of the Hijras 264
He Ceased to Be What He Was (Attis) 266
Blue Light 270
Their Beastly Customs and Inordinate Desires 282
Dionysus at the Disco 287
Our Spiritual Neitherness 294
Don't Look Back 305
Thou Shalt Ever Be with Me (Apollo and Hyacinthus) 307
Sweet to Me above All Sweetness 312
His Mind Became Healthy (Dekanawida and Hayonhwatha) 318
The Moth and the Star 331
Future Spirit 334
Sun and Flesh 339
Afterword 341
Credits 343
Index by Region 345
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