The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse edited by Stephen Coote.
Published 1983, paperback.
'It ranges in time and place from classical Athens to contemporary New York. It ranges in tone and content from celebration to satire. While the collection can, I hope, be read for pleasure, I would like to think of it also as a record, a history of the different ways in which homosexual people have been seen and have seen themselves. Only if we know something about the past is there a chance we can do something about the future. To that extent, I would like to think of the voices collected here as those of encouragement'