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21. Whitman's Queer Children: America's Homosexual Epics, Popular
Davies examines the work of four of the most important twentieth-century poets who have explored the epic tradition. Some of the poems display an explicit concern with ideas of American nationhood, while others emulate the formal ambitions and encyclopaedic scope of the epic poem. The study undertakes extensive close readings of Hart Crane's The Bridge (1930), Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” (1956) and The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-71 (1972), James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), and John Ashbery's Flow Chart (1991). Although not primarily an account of a Whitmanian lineage, this book considers Whitman's renegotiation of the dialectic between the public and the private as a context for the project of the homosexual epic, arguing for the existence of a genealogy of epic poems that rethink the relationship between these two spheres. If, as Bakhtin suggests, the job of epic is to “accomplish the task of cultural, national, and political centralization of the verbal-ideological world,” the idea of the “homosexual epic” fundamentally problematizes the traditional aims of the genre.

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From: Gay Literature/Poetry

22. Rain Falls: (A Romantic Dramedy), Popular
India Bell is looking for a regular writing gig to supplement her royalties. She ends up with two assignments - one, to interview up-and-coming lesbian romance writer Tegan Lowry, and the other? To win a bet to write her own lesbian romance, thus securing for herself a job as an editor. There's a bit of an issue with the second of those. India writes science fiction, not romance. There's none of that confusing touchy-feely stuff in her science fiction novels. Hell, she doesn't even read romance, and as for the lesbian aspect, she's not sure how to define her sexuality, but if she's a lesbian, then she's so far in the closet, she doesn't even know where the door is. Maybe Tegan could give her some pointers on writing all those sex scenes she's probably going to have to stick in there? Tegan is thrilled to be interviewed, even by the awkward and socially-inept India. Not that Tegan views herself as anyone's fantasy - she's on crutches, and who would be interested in a cripple? Her deeply romantic fantasies are all lived out on the page. But when India suddenly asks if Tegan will join her in her writing cabin to get some serious work done, she jumps at the chance to leave her horrible basement apartment behind to concentrate on her writing in comfort and peace, with the fascinating, if rather emotionally-unavailable, India Bell. In the gorgeous cabin on the outskirts of the small tourist town of Rain Falls, Colorado, the two women find themselves struggling with temptation and absurdity. It's a situation they never thought they'd find outside of a romance novel.

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From: Lesbian Literature/Lesbian Romance

23. Scruff, Popular
It's no secret: The beards are back in town - and with them, chest hair, scruffy legs, and hairy bellies have returned. Scruff is a declaration of love to fuzzy men.

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From: Art and Photo Books/Nude Male Photobooks

24. 21st Century Jocks: Sporting Men and Contemporary Heterosexuality, Popular
From macho huddles to gentle cuddles, the ways in which sportsmen relate as friends has radically changed. With homophobia stigmatized and gay teammates revered, today's jocks no longer fear being thought gay for behaviors that constrained men of the previous generation. In this eye-opening book, Professor Eric Anderson draws on hundreds of interviews with 15-22 year old straight and gay male athletes in both the United States and the United Kingdom to show how jocks have redefined heterosexuality: kissing on the lips, dancing together, cuddling in bed, and proudly proclaiming their bromance with other men.

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From: Political and Social Issues

25. Assaracus Issue 01: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Popular
Assaracus (ISSN 2159-0478), a quarterly journal of gay poetry, features a substantial collection of work by ten gay poets. Issue 1 of Assaracus features poetry by Shane Allison, Jay Burodny, Gavin Dillard, Christopher Hennessy, Matthew Hittinger, James Kangas, Raymond Luczak, Frank J Miles, Stephen Mills, and Eric Norris. Edited by poet Bryan Borland, author of the American Library Association-honored My Life as Adam.

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From: Gay Literature/Poetry

26. Cockyboys: Blank Book, Popular
A hardcover notebook with 224 dotted pages and a ribbon to keep place. The cover is decorated with a full colour photograph of a sexy yet thoughtful naked man.

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From: Art and Photo Books/Nude Male Photobooks

27. Still Standing: The Savage Years, Popular
As a narrator, stroppy of tongue but melting of heart, O'Grady still charms and tickles. The comic scenes with his truly mythological mum ("the Madame Defarge of Tranmere"; "Columbo in a flannelette nightie"; "Eleanor of Aquitaine with a chip-pan") can touch the hem of Alan Bennett's robe... Leaves most fiction and history of the era in the dust.

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From: Biographies/Paul O'Grady

28. Turnon: Sports, Popular
Usually most of us are way too lazy to do it as often as we should - but nevertheless sport is an essential part in the lifes of many gay men; after all one wants to stay healthy and in good shape. And there's even more to it: Sport and what's associated with it - muscles, endurance and physical challenges - are a fetish for a lot of men. The extensive anthology Turnon Sports is dedicated to this topic; it's a huge collection of impressive pictures, attractive and brilliantly staged by artists like Rick Day, John Gress, Domenico Cemmano, Richard Gerst and others.

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From: Art and Photo Books/Nude Male Photobooks

29. Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance, Popular
These fierce stories of love on the frontlines will grab and hold readers' attention as they travel the world with these soldiers on Active Duty. Neil Plakcy brings both together into heart-pounding vignettes of men of action who put their lives on the line to protect and serve. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement knowing that this tryst might be their last. These heroic hunks fight for love and honour and will have readers begging for their next debriefing!

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From: Gay Literature/Erotic

30. A Courageous Ride (The Bullriders), Popular
The Bullriders Book 3

Aspiring orchestra conductor Marshall is exhausted after months of auditions without a single job offer. Marshall’s friend, Terry, recommends a change of scenery and points Marshall in the direction of a dude ranch run by former bull rider Indigo Santana. Marshall is understandably skeptical, but his friend is convincing, and Marshall needs a break, so he agrees to go.

Indigo captures Marshall’s attention but leaves him confused. Indigo’s confidence is shot after an injury ended his rodeo career, and he walks with a slight limp. He hasn’t been anywhere near a bull since he was hurt, and he’s not the most accommodating host. After all, the only reason he keeps guests is because his family ranch is all but bankrupt.

Marshall’s attraction doesn’t go unanswered, which leaves him with a huge dilemma. He’s torn between the possibility of love, something he’s searched for all his life, and the career he’s worked toward for as long as he can remember, which is miles away. From his side of the fence, Indigo doesn’t see how the ranch could ever be enough.

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From: Gay Literature/Gay Fiction

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