A Flame for the Touch that Matters: Poems

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Painted Leaf Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Poetry - 113 pages
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Michael Lassell is a master of the necessary word. In an age of tepid and whining verse, his bawdy and bittersweet songs are like a plunge into cold champagne. -- Paul MonetteMichael Lassell's last book of poems was hailed as a defining work of the '80s and brought critical comparison to Wait Whitman and John Rechy. This new collection of poems continues his exploration of urban gay life in the waning years of the 20th century. Lassell's Flame -- both incendiary and memorial -- casts an introspective, increasingly disciplined but often playful shadow. Still a dedicated denizen of the city of night, Lassel is making peace with his family history, the deaths of too many friends, and his own mortality in a community increasingly obsessed with youth and beauty.

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About the author (1998)

Michael Lassell is the author of several books as well as the editor of four volumes of prose and verse. A professional editor and journalist, he is the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for poetry.
Elena Georgiou, author of the poetry collection "Mercy, Mercy Me, "has won numerous writing awards and teaches poetry at Hunter College and City College of the City University of New York. Both editors live in New York City.

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