Tongues Untied, poems by Dirg Aaab-Richards, Craig G. Harris, Essex Hemphill, Isaac Jackson, Asotto Saint
OUT OF PRINT
With the title a reference to Michael Harper's poem "Tongue-Tied in Black and White," this collection is a precursor to Marlon Riggs's 1989 film. This book is a glorious outpouring form poets who are a part of gay culture, gay traditions and also a part of Black culture and Black traditions. With great clarity all the writers share their sense and understandings of the issues confronting them as Black gay men. Common themes are the integration of racial and gender identities with gay identities; the way in which people of colour are treated by the white world; hidden histories; magic and ritual as means of survival; homophobia; intimations of alternatives that would allow Black gay men to be free.