Polari Journal - Issue 2 - October 2010
Issue Editor: D. J. Baker
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.
- Willa Cather (1873 - 1947)
Featuring poetry by Jonathan Alexander, short fiction by L.A. Fields and an excerpt from Berzoo, a novel by Errol Bray, recent winner of the Clouds of Magellan emerging writers LGBT novel competition.
Jonathan Alexander, PhD, is Professor of English and Chancellor's Fellow at the University of California. His academic work has been at the leading edge of Queer Composition Studies and he is also a creative writer of significant talent.
His publications include, among others, the books Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies, Digital Youth: Emerging Literacies on the World Wide Web, Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (with Deborah Meem & Michelle Gibson) and Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others (co-edited with Karen Yescavage). Jonathan has devoted much of his career to promoting literacy education for participation in pluralistic democracies. He has also maintained and cultivated a naive belief in the power of art to transform.
Here, Polari Journal is pleased to showcase Jonathan's poetry. The poems that follow are 'mash ups' of early translations of Friedrich Nietzsche's Daybreak.
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Exit Signs - Short Fiction by L.A. Fields
George, Bruce and Wade and what happens out back of the take-out.
Bus to Los Angeles - Fiction by Errol Bray
An excerpt from the upcoming novel Berzoo.
Women - Wigs - Wilderness
Featuring the photography of Trista Sordillo.
Trista Sordillo took her first photography class at age 13 and has been photographing ever since. She continued to study photography throughout high school, college and post-college at the School of Visual Arts and the International Centre of Photography. Most of her work in college centered on portraiture and documenting fringe communities. She continues to be drawn to the exploratory nature of documentary photography. Some of her subject material has included the LGBT community, NJ Youth Cheerleading circuit, her family, New Orleans, Asbury Park, the Mississippi Delta, Spain, Argentina, Cambodia and various other locations. Trista has taught photography at the Harvey Milk School and has had her photography published in two books.
Clockwise: Mississippi Delta, Wigstock, San Francisco girls, Nevada.
Sweet Nature - Short fiction by Roberto Carlos Ortiz
Amigo Americanos, morenitos and photographs. Brazil, Seville and a distinct lack of kissing.
Nagasaki - Short fiction by Barry Brennessel
A journey on a train, two nude youths asleep in each others' arms, sketches made in a dark room, and nameless things done for Yen.
Irezumi - Short fiction by Dallas Angguish
Tattoos, cherry blossoms and skin. Desire and hospitality are explored amidst the beauty of a Japanese monastery garden.
Prose by Jason Charles
Two concise and delectable stories: A Tiny Band of Hollow and Birthmark.
Bonsai - Short Fiction by B.J. Epstein
Hair as purple as violets, a koi pond and a tuna salad sandwich in a Japanese garden.
The Porn Smuggler - Poetry by Jeff Mann
The Porn Smuggler, Ode to New Orleans, Looking for You. Three witty poems from America's South.
Belly Envy - Poetry by Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne
Pregnancy, Sylvia Plath and the (O)ther Mother. Queerly strange threads in three enigmatic poems.
Barfly - Poetry by Natasha Carthew
Barfly, Wired, Just a Girl. Three gorgeous poems from the Cornwall poetess.
Black Diamonds - Poetry by Christopher Soden
Black Diamonds, Alphadog, Closer - the fresh language of desire.
Bless Me - Poetry by Casey Charles
Bless Me and two other poems: Passing Through Lamu and Generator.
Jean Genet in Norwich - Poetry by Gregory Woods
Jean Genet in Norwich, Wing Three Quarter and Last Resorts.
Writing the Spirit: Testimony and the Unauthorised Voice in the Queer Spiritual Memoir
An Essay by Victor Marsh
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Letter to My Children
Creative Non-Fiction by Jeremy Fisher
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The Pharmacopornographic Subject: Beatrice Preciado's Testo Junkie: Sexe, Drogue et Biopolitique
A review essay by Elizabeth Stephens
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