The Go-Go Boy Sonnets: Men of the New York Club Scene


Edmund Miller, the author of scholarly books about seventeenth-century British literature, including three about the poet George Herbert, has published several previous books of poetry, including the legendary Fucking Animals. His erotic stories have been published in magazines and in anthologies and are collected in his most recent book, Night Times.
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Edmund Miller, the author of scholarly books about seventeenth-century British literature, including three about the poet George Herbert, has published several previous books of poetry, including the legendary Fucking Animals. His erotic stories have been published in magazines and in anthologies and are collected in his most recent book, Night Times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592990399
  • Publisher: First Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Human Error
For Brant

Clear across the room, shining in dim light,
The rock hard golden boy with baby face
Shifts his weight side to side, dancing in place,
A dazzling Apollonian sight.
But Olympian Brant slows the pace
To greet his votaries with lips pouted.
"I’m not concerned about being outed,"
He says. Yet he does need some private space.

And after the show, the god has to eat,
For exertion makes body overheat.
Off to reinvigorate with a white
Omelette, he’s followed by stalker one night.
Eluding this fan throws off his diet,
Forcing him to breakfast where they fry it.

For Gregory Vincent

From rolling around on the little stage
At King, the dancer in the rude crew cut
Gets all smudged up and a black-and-blue butt.
When body dancing fails to engage
The disdainful bar flies, he tries head stand.
This new contortion also cuts no ice
With the other guys, but his strange device
Gets a rise out of me. About to hand

Him a tip, I sense he’s going to crash:
I hear him squeak out, "Help me!" and fear
He’ll fall and hurt himself. Although I’m near
Enough to do all Gregory’s bidding,
With equilibrium he takes the cash
And–smiling sheepishly–says, "Just kidding!"

X-Ray Vision
For Michael D.

Michael repairs x-ray machines and likes
Anything that has some electronic
Component. Making his near bionic
Pecs dance along with the music, he strikes
Poses with fingertips just touching hips.
Or, rooted in place, he makes body waves
And shadow boxes. With long legs he grips
Your chest with the strength of a vice and paves

The way for entrance to your fantasy.
While I reach underneath to get a buzz,
Feeling up hard globes with their golden fuzz,
Michael’s x-ray vision shoots right through me:
"I’d be tighter," he says, all submission,
"In a slightly less awkward position."

For the Anonymous Law Student

With skin sunkissed uniformly and true
Blond hair sunbleached here and there, this guy sports
Dark glasses at night but omits the shorts,
Playing peekaboo making law review.
By feigning haughtiness he gets away
From raucous music with pouts and poses.
Toying with his zipper, he deposes
Me on the plea nolo contendere

When I’m asked if I intend any civil
Trespass on his person. I pay the fine
By slipping him a tip and thus resign
My suit, settling out of court with drivel
Concocted in tribute to cocky grace
Just so I’m there as he wins his first case.

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Table of Contents

Human Error
No Thanks
X-Ray Vision
Rubber Ducky
Spare Parts
No Attitude
Ars Poetica
He Used to Be a Brain Surgeon
Nick’s Workout Routine
Melt Down
Getting Jack
Most Improved Camper
Fruit of the Joshua Tree
Love Is Blind
Niko a-Go-Go
Distaff Duties
It’s the Shy Ones You Have to Watch Out For
K. C. Presents Me with a Moral Dilemma
Professional Courtesy
Just Like Dad
Honor Graduate
Still Life
Stealing Michael’s Feet
Acrylic on Canvas
Demigod Unveiled
Dark Cloud
Valley Cat
Working Out Together
On the Case of the Disappearing Door Man
On the Case of the Designer Door Man
On the Case of the Disallowing Door Man
Look for the Union Label
Blue Roses
Larger than Life
It’s the Byrons You Have to Reach Out For
Unexplored Territory
Meat Thermometer
The Legacy of Isadora Duncan
Street Angel
Babe in the Woods
Renorming the Curve
New Marketing Campaign
Dueling Careers
No Reservations
Stock Tip
Booking Jesse
Night Shift
Taking Turns
New Fall Line
Before the Bar
Getting the Fish Eye
Noh Drama
Bottomless Snit
He’s Got That Covered
Truck Stop
An Informed Consumer
Getting Down Under
Preferred Stock
Platonic Dialogue
Tricks of the Trade
Fashion Victim
Benedictine Order
Sore Buns
Giving You the Willies
Apple for the Teacher
Strong, Silent Type
A Tide in the Affairs of Men
License Pending
Naughty and Nice
Depunking Donovan
Leaving Rumania
Surviving Moby Dick
Hazards of Male Modeling
August Heat Wave
You Have to Draw the Line Somewhere
Thinking on One’s Feet
Refinishing a Chest
Shaking Out a Charlie Horse
Big Difference
Puppy Love
Accidental Go-Go Boy
Sociable Spirit in Rosy Red
Chikadorang Naka-Pula
Cappuccino Machine
Lifting the Veil
Seeing Red
Tongue ’n’ Groove
United Nations
Revising the Duty Roster
Another Douglas
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Manœuvre in a Tight Spot
Wake-Up Call
Restoration Job
Big Payoff
Ganymede Working It
Out of the Closet
Making It Big
Out of Danger
In the Family Way
The Subtle Twist
Milk Run
Gin and Bear It
Accounts Receivable
Show Pony
Pants on Fire
Solid Geometry
Dance Captain
Job Interview
Go West, Young Man
Putting Some Starch in the Uniform
Revisionist Theologian
Off Center
Incendiary Device
Renewing Butchie’s License
Backed Up
Time Off for Good Behavior
Maintaining Good Public Relations
In the Wake of the Shark
Pucker Up
Narcissus–Lifeguard at the Reflecting Pool
Double Exposure
Changeling–A Silver-Gelatin Print
False Advertising
Transfer to the Express Train
Model Behavior
Pulling the Strings
Tom Talking
The Downside of Topless Dancing
Varsity Drag
Horse of a Different Mummer
The Natural Bodybuilder
Pigging Out
Never on Sunday
Crossing His Palm with Silver
Like Clockwork
French Leave
In Punk Fashion
Finger on the Pulse
Posture Perfect
Customized Hot Rod
Ruffled Feathers
Sweet Prince
Touch Down
Learning Curve
Curds and Whey
Sloe Dancer
The Measure of a Man
Tickled Pink
Night of Malta
After the Pool Shark
Burning Books
By the Book
Glossary of Gay Terms and Bar Slang
Index of Languages
Index of Translators
Index of Allusions
Index of Artists, Designers, Trademarks, and Logos
Index of New York Locales
Index of Occupations and Types
Index of the Men
About the Author
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