Lesbian Humor is Not an Oxymoron

Lesbian Humor is Not an Oxymoron

by Sandra De Helen

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As Sandra de Helen proved in her previous collection, Desire Returns for a Visit: Intimate Poems of Lesbian Love, she has a keen ear for language and nuance. The poems in this new volume are accessible and clever while also being insightful. This is the kind of collection you can read over and over and enjoy it fresh every time.

"Irreverent while still relevant. Poignant, pungent, playfully pugnacious and peppered with poultry. Sandra de Helen's light verse (which includes letters to Santa and martians) illuminates the silliest corners of her skylarking sapphist psyche." ~G.L. Morrison, poet, lover of words, and writer of short fiction

From Lesbian Humor is Not an Oxymoron:

"We Are Not Girls"

A butch, a trans woman, and a femme walk into
a bar. Gay bartender says, What'll it be, girls?

They all draw back, draw in breath to protest,
as he points behind him to the large sparkly

pink sign: Ladies' Night, Margaritas 2 for 1.
Then in unison, they speak: Margarita, please.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163116737
Publisher: Launch Point Press
Publication date: 11/25/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sandra de Helen published her first poem at the age of fourteen. Her English teacher, Janice Wallace, submitted the poem to a teacher's magazine and surprised Sandra with a copy in print. The poem was about abortion, which was illegal at the time.

In her twenties, Sandra published a few poems in newspapers, which spurred her to take a Creative Writing Class at the local community college. The [male] professor professed she would never make a good poet because she didn't “write like a man.” The next year she joined the women's movement and turned to writing plays.

Forty years later, she picked up Sage Cohen's book, Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry, and resumed writing poems like a woman.

A long-time resident of Portland, Oregon, Sandra recently relocated to sunny California where she lives with her daughter and a very special cat.

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