Bend, Don't Shatter: Poets on the Beginning of Desire

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Bend Don’t Shatter is an anthology of poetry for young adults that realistically and beautifully deals with what it means to come of age as gay, lesbian, transgender, or, as is perhaps more often the case in adolescence, totally confused. The anthology approaches the seemingly unnavigable territory of teenage sexuality and confusion with poems written by adults who keenly remember the turmoil, pain and excitement of adolescence and sexual coming of age. The poems are written with the insight and clarity of perspective and understanding that comes with years.

The book shows that teenage sexuality is more nuanced and complicated than it is often given credit for. It is valuable in that it not only provides a service of sorts giving young adults a thing with which they can identify, a thing that might comfort, console, explain, entertain, and illuminate but also just as importantly, it brings the pleasures of poetry to an audience for whom poetry itself might seem as unfathomable as adulthood itself.

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Grade 8 Up - Created with the intent of addressing "what it means to come of age as gay, lesbian, transgender, or...totally confused and freaked out," this rich collection brings together 59 poems replete with GLBT teenage angst, confusion, fear, titillation, and joy. The style of the poetry varies widely from hip-hop rhythm to more classical cadences, and because these selections were penned by adults (some of whom are well-known poets) relating their adolescent experiences, the quality of the writing is above average for the most part. One disappointment, however, is the underrepresentation of the lesbian voice - only about a third of the offerings were written by women. Still, as is seen in these lines from Ron Palmer's "The Logic of Queerness" - "Finally,/I let all the seeds grow, grow, and grow/Until they kept growing and covered me with ivy so strong/And vibrant and unique that it became my reason for living./The seed that began inside me finally taught me to sing" - many of these poems speak to all queer teens and will be a source of inspiration and empowerment for an often misunderstood and estranged population. - Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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"This is powerful writing by a witness wise beyond his years. The gripping poems are so good that you find yourself wanting the writer to try his hand at everything: films, novels, songs, plays -- they all seem within his reach."

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