Introducing poet G. Winston James and Lyric, the newest offering from GrapeVinePress. This first collection adds James' name to the distinguished list of writers involved with and nurtured by Other Countries, the New York-based gay Black artists collective, whose authors have included such notables as Melvin Dixon, Craig G. Harris, Essex Hemphill, Assotto Saint, and Donald Woods. Lyric: Poems Along A Broken Road arises from this more than thirteen-year tradition of passion and excellence, and is one of the few full-length collections of poetry from an African-American gay male in nearly a decade. Lyric stirs the soul. Using images grounded in nature, it unveils and celebrates the wonderful in the everyday. Provocative and varied, it allows readers to travel along the "broken road" from exile to empowerment, loneliness to love, and loss to salvation. Not simply a random collection, but an honest and alchemic journey, Lyric weds the spiritual and the sensual, leading readers to a new place of understanding. It sings/speaks to all people who possess the capacity to hear the truth and to love.
G. gives an overview of the book:
G. Winston James is a Jamaican-born poet, short fiction writer, essayist and editor. He is the founder and editor of Top Pen Press, which publishes work that illuminates, confronts and perplexes perceptions of queer people of color. A former fellow of the Millay...