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A Family by Any Other Name

A Family by Any Other Name

Exploring Queer Relationships
edited by Bruce Gillespie
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tagged : alternative family, gay & lesbian, essays
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Afflictions & Departures

Afflictions & Departures

by Madeline Sonik
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After Completion

After Completion

The Later Letters
by Charles Olson, edited by Sharon Thesen & Ralph Maud, with Frances Boldereff
edition:Paperback
tagged : diaries & journals
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[a letter from Boldereff to Olson, during his years at Black Mountain College]

 

Brooklyn to Black Mountain
[26 November 1953]

 

                                              Thanksgiving

 

Charles dear—

 

 A very nice black special delivery man brought the exquisite package last night—and I stayed up to read it through—It is now before breakfast and I hasten to tell you, though as you can guess, there is very much which I am not sure of at this first reading, that the primary adjective which comes up to me is clean—that in some marvelous transposition the very air of a Gloucesterman's boat has somehow been made to blow—that the pages are intensely clean and male.  That they come to me as Ishmael did with a wondrous healing at an hour most needed (I had precisely at five last night a big blow out with my boss).  But above all, I want to tell you that this last two weeks I am steeped in Rimbaud's La Chasse Spirituelle which I ordered from France and in the light of all that sacred holy thing discloses of Rimbaud's sufferings (I cannot wait to show and talk to you about it) in that high light--where I was touchy and fussy as a priest in his sanctuary—Maximus seems the next direct step—it comes over big, Olson--clean as clean—and while it requires, as always, very much hard work on my part to decipher in detail--it has already delivered its message to me and I would say comes out as in absolute, direct succession to La Chasse.

 

 I have found a book which you also must see, "The Sacred Tree Script"—explains things in Rimbaud, in Plato and refers in ways I want to discuss with you to your "Gate and the Center"—very wonderful discovery, to me, and I now think--I can practically draw a literal line of exactly how and where the thing has traveled from the beginning of "man's motion"—is not that what you called it?

 

 There were several beautiful things that struck me as I read so hastily—

 

 "In the midst of plenty, walk..."

 

this whole passage through to the end of this Song is genuine song and I hope will be made a song and sung by someone who feels its music as I do and can hum a tune, as I can not.

 

It is a strange thing to be a woman—to be as full of your thing you could burst—and yet to have no outlet—I feel my thing growing to a size and a clarity inside me that you'd think it would have to break through in some form—yet I can neither sing, compose, write prose or verse, draw, sculpt or any of all those blood passages--perhaps I can squeeze it out into my house, which I am still determined to build before I die!

 

One other thing—I have an article from the architect Deitrick, on his terrific State Fair Arena at Raleigh, N.C.  Most exciting building of the modern world—go to Raleigh if you possibly can—and see it—as I plan to whenever I can swing the money—Charles—in that building you will find everything which makes genuine polis--one of the great achievements. And the result of what cooperation and creative joint activity. Please hunt up Engineering News Record—February 5 1953 an article "Curved Roof on cables spans big arena" and you will thrill to see proof that Gloucester is now in Raleigh, N.C.

 

                                      Your loving Frances

 

I only realized a few days ago that the dwarf letter disturbed you --that was not innuendo, Charles—it was straight child—and referred to physical head only—and my remarks, to trying to delve into cause, why, against the obvious, I felt it to be so physically accurate. It all has to do with a play I saw as a child which has become a kind of legend to Lucinda and means something neither of us can convey but which we are clear about, completely, entre nous.

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AlliterAsian

AlliterAsian

Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine
edited by Julia Lin; Jim Wong-Chu & Allan Cho
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tagged : anthologies (multiple authors), canadian, asian american
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A Queer Love Story

A Queer Love Story

The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout
edited by Marilyn Schuster, foreword by Margaret Atwood
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tagged : letters, lesbian studies, gay studies, gay & lesbian
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