Gary in Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher

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Duke University Press, 1996 - Fiction - 291 pages
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The incandescent African American writer Gary Fisher was completely unpublished when he died of AIDS in 1994 at the age of 32. This volume, which includes all of Fisher’s stories and a generous selection from his journals, notebooks, and poems, will introduce readers to a tender, graphic, extravagant, and unswervingly incisive talent. In Fisher’s writings the razor-sharp rage is equalled only by the enveloping sweetness; the raw eroticism by a dazzling writerly elegance. Evocations of a haunting and mobile childhood are mixed in Fisher’s stories with an X-ray view of the racialized sexual vernaculars of gay San Francisco; while the journals braid together the narratives of sexual exploration and discovery, a joyous and deepening vocation as a writer, a growing intimacy with death, and an engagement with racial problematics that becomes ever more gravely and probingly imaginative.
A uniquely intimate, unflinching testimony of the experience of a young, African American gay man in the AIDS emergency, Gary in Your Pocket includes an introduction by Don Belton that describes Fisher’s achievement in the context of other work by Black gay men such as Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill, and a biographical afterword by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

  

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This volume of poetry, short stories, and journal entries was selected and edited by noted Duke theorist Sedgwick from notebooks Fisher kept from high school through his death from AIDS at 32. This ... Read full review

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this book really shook me up. i wish that i knew gary in real life. his life, his poetry and prose, his courage to write and speak are really inspirational. themes of isolation, multiple selves, internalized prejudice, sickness, all come up in this read. Read full review

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Walking
3
I hope he smiles
17
Are you smart enough for Laurie
36
please father
68
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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including Tendencies and a book of poetry, Fat Art, Thin Art, both published by Duke University Press. Don Belton is the editor of Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream and author of Almost Midnight.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including Tendencies and a book of poetry, Fat Art, Thin Art, both published by Duke University Press. Don Belton is the editor of Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream and author of Almost Midnight.

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