“…I could have counted the number of lesbian-friendly retellings of old tales on less than one finger. As a gawky kid slowly coming to terms with her own non-straight sexuality, this silence was telling and somewhat deafening. … How did women who love women fit in alongside damsels in distress, fairy godmothers, magic and impossible tasks? Did we, indeed, have a place?”
“A dandy of the highest order, she only wrote on purple stationary and surrounded herself at all times with such extravagant flowers that she nearly went bankrupt.”
looking up Catullus’ nasty poems about Julius Caesar
and i find a wiki article about his poems arranged by ‘theme’
….it’s not quite what i expected??
i’m pissing myself here, his poems are just too real
CATULLUS, THE POET WE CAN ALL RELATE TO
Oh my god, this guy is amazing.
Thom Gunn was an openly gay poet in San Francisco. Although he never contracted HIV, he wrote the most famous volume of poetry about living through the epidemic. The title poem, “The Man With Night Sweats,” is even quoted in Emily Nussbaum’s review of the HBO version of The Normal Heart in The New Yorker. It’s short enough to reprint here in full.
The Man With Night Sweats
I wake up cold, I who
Prospered through dreams of heat
Wake to their residue,
Sweat, and a clinging sheet.
My flesh was its own shield:
Where it was gashed, it healed.
I grew as I explored
The body I could trust
Even while I adored
The risk that made robust,
A world of wonders in
Each challenge to the skin.
I cannot but be sorry
The given shield was cracked,
My mind reduced to hurry,
My flesh reduced and wrecked.
I have to change the bed,
But catch myself instead
Stopped upright where I am
Hugging my body to me
As if to shield it from
The pains that will go through me,
As if hands were enough
To hold an avalanche off.
“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.”
LOWERCASE LETTERS ARE FOR THE LOWER CLASS
and here we have a capitalist
Did you just.
let us all take a moment to appreciate that all of human history and human language and the universe itself aligned to make this joke possible