Sunday, March 27, 2011

Podcast 34: The Anatomy of a Hate Crime

Over the last year, I have been writing a lot of poems that deal with violence and sexuality. Many of these poems examine the fine line between pleasure and pain and fear and love. These poems include the series I wrote about a gay porn star in prison as well as a long poem about Jeffrey Dahmer. Many of these poems also explore hate crimes against the gay community.

At first, I didn't realize how closely connected all of these poems were, but once I put it all together I realized I had a really interesting manuscript, which might become my first book if someone publishes it. The manuscript is titled He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and I've recently begun to send it out.

My poetry podcast for today comes from that manuscript. Today I'm reading a poem called "The Anatomy of a Hate Crime." This poem is a bit different from my other work. Since you can't see the text, I will say that the poem is actually a prose poem and is written in blocks of text. The poem explores the idea of hate crimes and how they have become almost routine and also how we as a community respond to them.

Listen here.

-Stephen (No Hate)

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