Body Language

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€

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€


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€

Fortunate Light by David Bergman

Bergman_cover                    …But happiest

of all must be this fortunate light
that tonight has, through open windows,
fallen on the closed lids of the one
who lies asleep and still beside me.

From “The Fortunate Light”

Each poem in Fortunate Light is an exquisite construction: sharply observed, carefully written, transcendent, and transformative. Bergman is one of our best poets, working at the height of his powers. As poetry editor for The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Bergman has helped innumerable queer poets find an audience for their work, but his real gift to readers, however, is his own poetry. Bergman’s poems alternate between tenderness and sexuality, nostalgia and humor, delight and surprise. Fortunate Light will captivate Bergman’s current fans and win him many more.

David Bergman‘s previous poetry titles include Heroic Measures (Ohio State University Press) and The Care and Treatment of Pain (Kairos Editions). He won the the George Elliston Poetry Prize for his poetry collection Cracking the Code and the Lambda Literary Award for his anthology Men on Men 2000. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and The Yale Review, among other journals. He is Professor of English & Cultural Studies at Towson University in Maryland.

by David Bergman
Body Language 09
ISBN-13: 978-1-938334-02-3
ISBN-10: 1938334027
Poetry/Gay Studies
40 pages/perfect bound
Publication date: 15 March 2013
US: $ 10.95
UK: £6.99
Europe: €8.50

Dialectic of the Flesh by Roz Kaveney

Kaveny_2012bThe day you change, like any other day,
is sunny or is rainy. You get up
and put your new clothes on, and brush your hair
and put that on as well. Your breasts are sore–
they still have stitches. And you drink your tea
like any other day, the day you change.

From “23”

Dialectic of the Flesh brings together Roz Kaveney’s poems on queer and trans experience, poems which run the gamut of emotions, from exuberant and witty celebrations of the joy of sex to elegies of murdered friends, written for Transgender Day of Remembrance. This collection showcases Kaveney’s versatility, including both her carefully-constructed formal work as well as free verse poems, and also features two ambitious long poems: a commemoration of Stonewall and a poem addressed to her younger male self from her adult female present.

Roz Kaveney is a middle-aged trans woman living and working in London as a writer, critic, and activist. A regular contributor to The Independent, The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, she is the author of many books on popular culture, and recently published her first novel, Rituals. She helped found Feminists Against Censorship and is a past deputy Chair of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties). She was also active in the Oxford Union debating society, the Gay Liberation Front, and Chain Reaction, a dyke SM disco she helped run in the 80s. “I was reared Catholic but got over it, was born male but got over it, stopped sleeping with boys about the time I stopped being one and am much happier than I was when I was younger.”

by Roz Kaveney
Body Language 08
ISBN-13: 978-1-938334-00-9
ISBN-10: 1938334000
Poetry/Transgender/Queer Studies
64 pages/perfect bound
Pub date: 15 November 2012
US: $14.95

Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry

Milk_&_Honey_coverIn this land of Milk & Honey, poems flow. Contemporary Jewish, lesbian poets address an array of experiences – relationships between and among women, family relationships, politics, solitude, ethical responsibilities, history, solidarity, and community.

Milk & Honey features beloved poets like Ellen Bass, Robin Becker, Elana Dykewomon, Marilyn Hacker, Eleanor Lerman, Joan Nestle, Lesléa Newman and Ellen Orleans, as well as new and emerging voices.

With language and imagery that moves from the sensual and political to the tender and serene, Milk & Honey explores the vibrant, complicated, exhilarating experience of being Jewish and lesbian—or queer—in the world today.

Julie R. Enszer’s first book of poems is Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press). She has published also published the chapbook Sisterhood (Seven Kitchens Press). She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and is enrolled currently in the PhD program in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland.

edited by Julie R. Enszer
Body Language 07
ISBN-13: 978-0-9794208-8-7
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-8-1
Poetry/Lesbian Studies/Jewish Studies
86 pages/perfect bound
Pub Date: 1 September 2011
US: $14.95
Europe: €11


MUTE_cubiertas.inddDo not be afraid of your face.
Move into a beam of light
in the bar.  Smile openly.
Watch his hands move
quicker than strobe lights
as he surveys the crowd with his friends.
Do not think of how hard
it might be to have a casual

From “How to Fall for a Deaf Man”

Silence is always a powerful statement, but even more so in the hands of Raymond Luczak, who demonstrates in his third collection what it’s like to navigate between the warring languages of confusion and clarity. As a deaf gay man in the hearing world, he lends an unforgettable voice to his reality of ache and loss beyond the inadequate translation of sound.

Raymond Luczak is the author or editor of more than ten books, including Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life (RID Press) and Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader (Handtype Press).  His novel Men with Their Hands won first place in the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest.  A playwright and filmmaker, he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

by Raymond Luczak
Body Language 06
ISBN-13: 978-0-9794208-6-3
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-6-5
Poetry/Deaf Studies/Gay Studies
64 pages/perfect bound
Pub Date: 1 April 2010
US: $11.95

Handmade Love

HANDMADE_cubiertasOK.inddI believe that there are two kinds of love in this world:

inherited and handmade. Yes, we inherit love
but my people, my people make love by hand.

From “Handmade Love”

In her first collection, Julie R. Enszer offers poems that are as unabashedly erotic as they are unabashedly feminist. Whether responding to queer cultural icons, fantasizing about sex, or mourning illness and loss, these poems are sweet and sultry, fierce and tender. From demonstrations on the streets to bedroom romps, these smart and sexy poems interweave narrative and lyrical moments with the political and the sensuous. Handmade Love renders a world that delights in the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and tells queer life stories sublimely and generously.

Julie R. Enszer has published poems in Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, Feminist Studies, Bridges, So to Speak, Suspect Thoughts, Windy City Times, and many other journals. She has a MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland and is working on her PhD in Women’s Studies.

by Julie R. Enszer
Body Language 05
Poetry/Lesbian Studies
64 pages/perfect bound
Pub Date: 1 April 2010

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

This Is What Happened in Our Other Life

Obejas_coverThe first time I was inside a woman,
I was confused.
I didn’t recognize her, or myself.
I thought I was swimming, but in air.
Maybe flying, underwater.

From “Legacies”

At last, the first collection of poems from the Pulitzer Prize and Lambda Literary Award winning Cuban-American author Achy Obejas!

The poems in This Is What Happened In Our Other Life form a handbook of desire, navigating a course through the often-rocky landscapes of loving and living, while also charting the complexities of identity as the author explores her relationship to her lovers, her roots, her history, herself.

As in her novels, Obejas’ poems are often concerned with memory–the physical memories of the body, the ache of wanting–and of finding a way home again.

Achy Obejas is the author of the novels Days of Awe (Ballantine) and Memory Mambo (Cleis) and the short story collection We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? (Cleis.). She is also the editor and translator of Havana Noir (Akashic). She received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 1986.

by Achy Obejas
Body Language 01
ISBN-13: 978-0-9794208-2-5
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-2-2
Poetry/Latina Studies/Lesbian Studies
32 pages, perfect bound
Pub Date: November 2007
U.S.: $6.95
Canada: $7.95
Europe: €4.95
UK: £3.50
Aus: $8.50