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Steve Turtell

Entries by Steve Turtell

Allen Ginsberg, Teacher

(16) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 11:30 AM

In early September 1995, I sat with fifteen other student poets around a conference table at Brooklyn College, while Allen Ginsberg made appointments for the private tutorials he would give over the next two semesters. I told him I lived in Manhattan. Since my apartment on Elizabeth Street was only...

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David Wojnarowicz: The American Rimbaud

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 8:15 PM

"What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music."

I've just finished reading an extraordinary book. It was hard to read the last...

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Birthday Reflections

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:59 PM

Today is my 61st birthday. That's thirty more than I expected to have. I'm sure many of the gay men my age who lived through the first onslaught of the AIDS pandemic know what I mean. From 1981 to 1990 five of my closest male friends died: Sidney Faulkner, Jeffrey...

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The Power of Language

(80) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 8:01 PM

When I entered St. Joe's, puberty had not begun, but it started soon after. At 13 I was still a virgin and exceptionally naïve. I had yet to kiss anyone. In spite of a sex-education talk in the eighth grade, in which I learned the word "homosexual" (and now had...

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