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Deleted Names by Lawrence Schimel

Deleted_Names_cover                                       …There is

no gap on the shelves:
other books have filled its space.

Other men have filled your space
in my bed.

From “Metonymy”

Mournful, playful, witty and wise, the poems in Deleted Names showcase Lawrence Schimel’s poetry at its best: reflecting on contemporary gay life. Widely published in periodicals and frequently reprinted in anthologies, at long last these poems are available in a single volume. Deftly mixing free and formal verse (especially villanelles and sestinas, often in variant forms), Schimel’s work distills crystalline moments from everyday experiences. Whether filled with longing and loss or celebrating sex or romance, the poems of Deleted Names will resonate with readers of all orientations.

Lawrence Schimel writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 books as author or anthologist, including the poetry collections Desayuno en la cama (Egales) and Fairy Tales for Writers (A Midsummer Night’s Press). His poems have appeared in diverse periodicals, ranging from The Christian Science Monitor to Physics Today to Gay Scotland, and have been widely anthologized, including in Gay Love Poetry, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Book of Dreams, Chicken Soup for the Horse-Lover’s Soul 2, and The Random House Treasury of Light Verse. He has won the Lambda Literary Award (twice), the Spectrum Award, and the Independent Publisher Book Award, among other honors. He divides his time between Madrid and New York City.

by Lawrence Schimel
Body Language 10
ISBN-13: 978-1-938334-03-0
ISBN-10: 1938334035
Poetry/Gay Studies
40 pages/perfect bound
Publication date: 15 March 2013
US: $10.95
UK: £6.99
Europe: 8,50€

Banalities by Brane Mozetič

Mozetic_coverFifty powerful and unsettling untitled poems make up this mesmerizing collection by distinguished Slovenian writer Brane Mozetič, translated by Elizabeth Zargi and Timothy Liu. In these poems, Mozetič confronts meaninglessness and pleasure, melancholy and excitement, often focusing on the pain we inflict on one another and especially the pain we inflict on ourselves.

Born in Ljubljana, Brane Mozetič has published twelve volumes of poetry, two novels, and a short story collection. He has translated numerous authors from the French including Rimbaud, Genet, Foucault, Guibert, Dustan, Cliff, and Brossard. His books in English include Butterflies (Spuyten Duyvil) and Passion (Talisman House) and the forthcoming novel Lost Story (Talisman House). In English his poems have appeared in Poetry International, Talisman, Transcript, Verse, Prague Literary Revue, Chroma, and elsewhere.

by Brane Mozetič
Body Language 04
translated by Elizabeta Zargi and Timothy Liu
ISBN-13: 978-0-979208-3-2
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-3-0
Poetry/Eastern Europe/Gay & Lesbian
32 pages/perfect bound
Pub Date: 1 December 2008
Price: $10.95

Our Lady of the Crossword by Rigoberto González

Gonzalez_coverThe lesson in Aguascalientes, is that the heart’s
the center in everything—the guava, the mouth
that bites it, the palm of a man’s hand wiping juice
off another man’s chin. Call it sin, I’d call it Eden,
if it hadn’t lasted, this paradise made complete when
two widowers pushed their empty beds together.
—From “Two Widowers in Aguascalientes”

Our Lady of the Crossword is a sexy new chapbook from award-winning author Rigoberto González, who casts his poetic eye to such varied subjects as word puzzles, Mexican TV in the 80s, can-can dancing, and other compelling encounters that shaped the political consciousness of his cultural heritage and sexuality.

This well-wrought collection gestures to González’s formal poetics and examines the complexities of a queer identity within the U.S., México and on the rich border landscape that unites the two nations. Powerful and sensory, playful and erotic, these poems dazzle on the page with González’s characteristic fireworks. Our Lady of the Crossword is a saint for all those sinners looking for blessings, miracles, redemption—and drag.

Rigoberto González is the author 15 books, most recently the poetry collection Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. A professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey, he is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships; a NYFA grant in poetry; the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Poetry Center Book Award; the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award; and the 2015 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle.

by Rigoberto González
Body Language 13
Cover image by Fabián Cháirez
ISBN: 978-1-938334-18-4
Poetry/Latino Studies/Gay Studies
48 pages/paperback
Publication Date: June 15, 2015

US: $11.95
UK: £6.99
Europe: 10€

Author Michael Broder interviewed on Cafe Be podcast at

June 12, 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Press author Michael Broder (This Life Now) was recently interviewed by Mark McNease for his Cafe Be podcast, available on, a website addressing issues of interest to LGBT people over 50.

Cafe Be Podcast with poet Michael Broder

When I Was Straight by Julie Marie Wade

Wade_cover“When I Was Straight”

I did not love men as I do now.
I loved them wincing & wanting to please.
I loved them trying too hard.

“Julie Marie Wade’s lush post-confessional poems are unabashed in their desire, tentative then bold in their knowledge. They’re sparkly talismans to transform and transport us, delicacies with creamy insides to fill us up. WHEN I WAS STRAIGHT is a profound ‘before and after’ examination of the self, complete with cultural and family commentary—delightful, heartbreaking, magic and real stories with a multitude of prepositions to guide us: a gifted young poet’s coming to, coming out, coming jubilantly back into self. ”
—Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton

Julie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010; Bywater Books, 2014), winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir; Without: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010); Small Fires: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011); Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series; and Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Books, 2013), winner of the Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize. She is a member of the creative writing faculty at Florida International University.

by Julie Marie Wade
Body Language 11

ISBN-13: 978-1-938334-08-5

Poetry/Lesbian Studies
48 pages/perfect bound
Publication date: March 15, 2014

US: $10.95
UK: £6.99
Europe: 8,50€


This Life Now by Michael Broder

Broder_coverOnce we had shared—
          razors, toothbrush, a blanket,
     like sea and air share the horizon,

     reflecting, penetrating each other,
each better suited to any given thing,

From “Words and Things”

“Michael Broder’s moving and lucid poems have heart, music, audacity—and they give a quiet, lasting pleasure, like an ancient Greek torso reshaped for the space age. This Life Now is full of salt, sex, TV, and other riveting varieties of poised explosiveness, to which his lucky reader blissfully surrenders.”
—Wayne Koestenbaum

“Dare I confess that this wise and sassy and heartbreaking collection made me scour YouTube for past episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Such are the subtle, ethereal, and playful gifts of Michael Broder’s poems that a reader won’t want to miss any allusion. No matter how bittersweet or fleeting, these poems, which span more than thirty-years of an emerging queer consciousness, chart an unflinching poetics for the missing and unaccounted for. The book makes so many foundational moments and episodes of a thriving culture reappear and cohere, with such grim acceptance and celebration, that it takes our breath away.”
—Peter Covino

Michael Broder holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, and a PhD in Classics from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in BLOOM, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Classical World, and other journals. He has taught at City University of New York (Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Queens College, York College, and the Graduate Center), Montclair State University, and The University of South Carolina. This is his first collection.

by Michael Broder
Body Language 12

ISBN-13: 978-1-938334-09-2
Poetry/Gay Studies

56 pages/perfect bound
Publication date: March 10, 2014

US: $13.95
UK: £8.50
Europe: 10€


Living as a Lesbian by Cheryl Clarke

Clarke_coverCheryl Clarke’s Living as a Lesbian is a groundbreaking paean to lesbian life. Filled with sounds from her childhood in Washington, DC, the riffs of jazz musicians, and bluesy incantations, Living as a Lesbian sings like a marimba, whispering “i am, i am in love with you.” Evoking her years of literary and political activism with anger, passion, and determination, Clarke mourns the death of Kimako Baraka (“sister of famous artist brother”), celebrates the life of Indira Gandhi, and chronicles all kinds of disasters—natural and human-made.

The world is large in Living as a Lesbian but also personal and intimate. These poems are closely observed and finely wrought, with Clarke’s characteristic charm and wit shining throughout. In 1986, Living as a Lesbian captured the vitality and volatility of the lesbian world; today, in a world both changed and unchanged, Clarke’s poems continue to illuminate our lives and make new meanings for Living as a Lesbian.

by Cheryl Clarke
Sapphic Classics 02
January 2014
245 pages
ISBN: 978-1-938334-06-1

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