This poem means a lot to me and helped create a new manuscript that I hope will become my first book. "He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices" is a seven page poem that references "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot. You don't have to be super familiar with Eliot's poem to understand my poem, but it does make it richer. My poem is also inspired by an art project, which was posted on the website "The Body: Visual AIDS." Each month they post a gallery with a theme. In December of 2005, they posted a series called "The Damaged Narcissist" and these images greatly influenced this poem.
"He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices" is a poem that, as the title suggests, changes from one voice to another. It is divided into seven sections and explores different aspects of the gay male experience. The poem is a good example of what I've been doing in the last year with my work. I've been turning more toward the longer poem and exploring what exactly I can accomplish with more space.
I hope you will enjoy listening to this poem. I will warn you that it is 18 minutes long, so be prepared.