Polari Journal Special Issue - Strange Stars - Issue 6 October 2012
Issue Editor: D. J. Baker
Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.
- Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1927)
The purpose of Strange Stars: Bright Lights in Queer Poetry, a special issue of Polari Journal, is to feature a selection of the best contemporary queer poetry. That is, poetry by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and intersex poets as well as poetry relevant to queer lives, cultures or issues.
The queer poetry scene is flourishing. As a transnational scene it is global in scope and rich in diversity and talent. This issue is just a teaser of the wide range of truly exceptional queer poetry currently being published and performed.
Strange Stars demonstrates the strength and diversity of queer poetry worldwide and also reflects the differing styles and approaches to poetry that LGBT writers take. Furthermore, Strange Stars features work by both established and emerging poets from across the globe. We at Polari Journal are very proud of this special issue and hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Photography by Steve Millar
Steve Millar has been involved with art and music since the mid-1980’s. Resident DJ at Eddie Richards’ influential club night Outer Limits throughout the burgeoning house music scene, in later years resident DJ for Universe Presents Voyager and Megatripolis at Heaven. Throughout the 1990’s he used his knowledge of the dance music industry as an agent, representing DJ's and pioneers such as Richie Hawtin, Derrick May and many more.
In 1999 Steve began working as studio assistant to artist Howard J. Morgan (Royal Society of Portrait Painters). It was during this period he became inspired and felt compelled to push himself in a new direction, experimenting with painting, digital art, photography and videography.
Steve has continued to develop his portfolio, working on many art projects in the virtual world Second Life, hosting and producing online radio shows, and featured on Channel 4’s ‘3 Minute Wonder’.
As a videographer he has produced a number of projects, including a trilogy of short films about the celebrated South London music venue Jazz Live, and as the on-going videographer for Ian Stuart Bride.
Steve enjoys documenting live performance with his photography. The limitations of his equipment force him to be inventive and to keep trying new techniques in the hopes of capturing a dramatic or meaningful moment.
Steve Millar's work has been showcased at exhibitions, cinemas and galleries in Australia, Germany, Netherlands, USA and London. Steve is on Facebook.