In this debut collection of poems—a seductive siren call to people who normally don’t read poetry—a small-town Iowa boy escapes to Manhattan and chronicles his nights and days as an attractive, gay 24-year-old in 2011. Ah, youth! At his most resilient, he writes, “I’ll take that spinning bottle and break it over my dead unicorn’s grave before I ever think that these seven seconds of heaven won’t last forever.” Chelsea Station Editions (chelseastationeditions.com). —Review: Donalevan Maines
Donalevan Maines is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.