Straight Razor

Straight Razor


Straight Razor by Randal Mann

first published 2013, paperback


Randall Mann's third collection showcases the debaucheries and traumas of growing up amid San Francisco's gay scene. These self-possessed new poems combine the regal and the raw, with Mann's renowned ear for poetic form matched by his unflinching eye for longing, alienation, and vice. A fetching chronicle of oversexed youth.

"Craft and bravura mix well...Mann shows himself [Thom Gunn's] apt pupil...The clarity startles." -Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times