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The incandescent African American writer Gary Fisher was completely unpublished when he died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 32.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.

Product Details

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

About 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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