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Gaytude: a poetic journey around the world
by Albert Russo  Albert Russo and Adam Donaldson Powell 


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Publisher:  Xlibris ISBN-10:  9781436363952 Type:  Non-Fiction
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335

Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9781436363969


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Gay/Lesbian Non-Fiction / Gay poetry around the world in both English and French, by Albert Russo and Adam Donaldson Powell

 

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Gaytude is a collection of poetry that appears in English in the first half and then translated into French for the second half of the book. There is also a collection of pictures depicting homoerotic images throughout history as well as personal images of Albert Russo. The timelessness of these pictures is repeated as a theme within the elegant and often poignant poetry collected. The authors are two very accomplished writers who tackle a wide variety of subjects and themes that affect gay men with surprising depth and meaning. These topics will hit home especially for like-minded individuals but anyone with compassion will understand the beauty and heartache these issues bring to mind. Gaytude is a wonderful collection by two powerful authors that have offered thoughts on timeless themes.    RAINBOW REVIEW (USA)

 

Gaytude, bilingual poetry at its best, written, translated and adapted by Russo and Powell, also includes wonderful photographs by Russo.  TAJ MAHAL REVIEW (India)

Le nouveau livre bilingue de poésie gay d'Albert Russo et d'Adam Donaldson Powell, GAYTUDE, juste sorti aux USA, mais disponible sur tous les sites de vente en ligne francophones, reprend certains poèmes en français du livre 'Tour du Monde de la poésie gay', publié par Hors Commerce en 2005, avec la grande différence que celui-ci a été réactualisé, complélé par de nouveaux poèmes dans les 2 langues ainsi que tous ceux d'Albert Russo et de son co-auteur Adam Donaldson Powell, et il contient de surcroît des photos homo-érotiques prises par Russo en N&B, sauf pour les deux photos de couverture qui sont en couleur.

 

8 novembre 2008, par Jean-Louis Garac

www.polychromes.fr/spip.php?article271

 

Le Livre d’Albert Russo, paru fin 2004, sous le titre TOUR DU MONDE DE LA POESIE GAY, fait partie de ces livres à ne pas rater, il est également intemporel, poésie oblige, raison supplémentaire pour ne pas avoir peur d’en parler aujourd’hui même trois ans après sa parution.

 

La poésie gay à travers le monde ! Vaste programme s’il en est pour ce titre ambitieux ! Ces textes couvrent en effet tous les continents.

Le côté chant lyrique devant l’Aimé, son corps et tous ses attributs semble l’emporter sur tous les autres thèmes abordés : découverte de l’homosexualité, questionnement, incertitude, chant mélancolique, malaise d’être, envie d’homoparentalité, première découverte etc. La poésie est d’abord vécue comme un chant de bonheur, d’exaltation et d’exultation ! Le sentiment d’aimer est un souffle qui embrase l’objet du désir. La poésie célèbre et montre l’aimé comme le seul objet sur terre.




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An example of Russo’s poignant writing is from Prayer:

• “let him love that boy
• without shame;
• let him love him
• in broad daylight
• for his sentiments are
• stronger than
• your malicious gossip,
• more generous than
• your shrunken hearts”

A great example of Powell's poetry is this excerpt from Let’s Get Something Straight:

• And for God’s sake don’t you ever
• Tell anyone about this…
• (if you know what is best for you)
• Agreed ? Good ! Now ‘manhandle’ me bitch…

Professional Reviews
GAYTUDE : Critical Analysis by Dr. Santosh Kumar,
Albert Russo and Adam Donaldson Powell’s Gaytude, a poetic journey around the world, makes it evident that the gay poems always have a distinctive voice, because a gay poet suffers from a sense of ostracism, of being excluded by others due to difference. The tradition of celebrating Platonic friendship with a boy has always been there in world poetry. Gay poetry from Sappho to Michelangelo has always idealized the homoerotic world. Catullus (ca. 84-54) loved sex with young men. Shakespeare’s sonnets have been described as gay sonnets by several critics. It is well known that Derek Jarman’s film The Angelic Conversation (1985) shows gay elements in Shakespeare’s sonnets. Lord Alfred Douglas’s gay poems appeared in 1896 in English and French translations. In the twentieth century two great poets: W..H. Auden and Ginsberg wrote gay poems. The publication of The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) reveals its popularity and marketing needs. It is difficult to agree with the critics who condemn Whitman’s gay poetry. The Boston Intelligencer declared that Whitman deserved no better reward than the lash for vulgarity and violation of decency. “Both Whitman’s Leaves and Emerson’s laudation had a common origin in temporary insanity” (Bucke 201). “Walt Whitman is as unacquainted with art as a hog with mathematics” (Canby 327). One should never forget that according to several biographers Whitman did not engage in sexual relations with men.

It is true that a poet’s gay identity does not quite fit into the traditional morality of the world. This is the main reason behind vituperative hostility towards homoeroticism and gay-themed poems. But one may remember Nietzsche’s assertion that sexuality extends up to the very pinnacle of the soul. The queerness of Russo and Powell both to stand at a different angle to the universe, their desire for an outsider image, and a subversive quality enticing them to overthrow conventions makes Gaytude a classic. Taboo creates its own power and energy in a creative work like Gaytude. This is also true about other gay writers such as Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill. Russo is a great poet with a passionate impulse, and he expresses it with a natural intensity devoid of any kind of laborious artistry:

I shall spoil you as no lover
Ever has or will

(SURPRISE PARTY, 35).
As we made love
Our bodies were on fire
You were insatiable
I was submissive

(ONE-NIGHT STAND, 102)


Russo does not hanker after limited joy but rather for the illimitable in the loveliness of the human body. Due to his ardor, he bursts with joy:

Our bodies commingle
In a Pacific splash of ecstasy

(UNDERCURRENTS, 42).

Russo tries to forget the stern realities of life, and his idealized love seems to be the only permanent reality for him On the altar of passion, he has chosen to “fall off the cliff” although there are several obstructions:

There’s his age, you see
And there’s my career, too
Then there’s that awesome responsibility
Towards my class
Towards society
And I am highly respected by my peers
Yet, my attraction to him is gravitational
One of these days,
I shall fall off the cliff

NO TRESPASSING, 51


The above lines are a testimony to the fact that Russo arrives at the complexity by accumulating a number of concrete images interfering with his fantasy, and this fantasy is intensified in the last line revealing the utmost limits of passion, not obliterated by the terrestrial impediments. Russo’s poems in Gaytude are marked by a tremendous burst of creativity.

Adam Donaldson Powell’s poems reveal that the poet’s mind and imagination are fused with the white heat of ardor. He is obsessed with “two moths / Playing with fire” (BLADE, 24). In his poem IDENTITY, Powell expresses his desire “to be loved, and looked up to”. He seems to be in the quest for the sumum bonum of life, that immortal instant and great moment which will unravel his identity. With quiet determination, Powell declares:

I want a real lover …
Like Arthur Rimbaud…or Jean Genet
And I want him now

PUNK, 61


Powell shows such a deep and lofty feeling as to be “in love with love” (STILL HORNY, 153). This is the state of the lover as Powell depicts it. Apart from love, nothing else in life is significant. Such is the consecrated passion of the poet that he is able to write with such ecstatic outbursts:

Creamy overcast skies,
Thick as yoghurt,
Remind me of
You…and me…

CREAMY OVERCAST SKIES 154


Setting the ‘real’ world at nought, Powell decides to thrive on the diet of surrealism by

the technique of ‘transference’:
‘Real’ briefly becomes surreal,
Through transference

INSTANT RECALL 88

In another poem, Powell expresses his inner heart in reacting against monstrous mechanization. The present climate is not in favour of rich heritage. “Individual isolation in an / Out-of-control jungle” (149) is the sordid gift of modern heritage marked by “Wars, / Lies, /Plastic reality-show idols, Virus, / Global warming, /Uncertainty, /And all too easy access to drugs” (HERITAGE? RIGHT! 149).

The poems by Russo and Powell are marked by outsiderhood, the sense of being different from a fashionable or ‘straight’ mode of writing. Walter Pater aptly comments that in the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti the dream-land with its phantoms of the body, deftly coming and going on love’s service, is to him, in no mere fancy or figure of speech, a real country, a veritable expansion or addition to our waking life (Pater 223). This comment is fully applicable to the poems in Gaytude by Russo and Powell. Gaytude, bilingual poetry at its best, written, translated and adapted by Russo and Powell, also includes wonderful photographs by Russo. Several poems of Russo included in Gaytude were first published in the poet’s own French version in the collection Tour du monde de la poesie gay (2005). The poems in English, Italian and Spanish have been translated and adapted into French by Russo. The poems in French have been translated and adapted by both Russo and Powell.


Works Cited

Russo, Albert & Adam Donaldson Powell, Gaytude. Xlibris Corporation, 2009.
Pater, Walter. Appreciations. London: Macmillan, 1931.
Bucke, R. M. Walt Whitman, Philadelphia, McRay,1883.
Canby, H. S. Walt Whitman, N. Y. Literary Classics, 1943.


Gaytude a review by Kassa, RAINBOW REVIEWS
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BOOK BLURB:

Gaytude is a poetic study of both the universality and the diversity of gay experience ... an experience of confluence whereby individual love, lust and identity are constantly in tandem and conflict with collective mores, customs, codes and trends. In a sense, we are all gay ... inasmuch as we all seek the right to be different, as well as to be the same. For some, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is recognition and acceptance; and for others it is perhaps the excitement of covert intimacy and adventure. This book is dedicated to all gays, including those who flaunt their sexual orientation freely and those who still remain secretive or inactive due to still ongoing risks of abuse, harassment and execution. One day, men all over the world will be able to proudly quote from Catullus 16 ~ this time with pride and loving spirit: “Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo.”

BOOK REVIEW:

Gaytude is a collection of poetry that appears in English in the first half and then translated into French for the second half of the book. There is also a collection of pictures depicting homoerotic images throughout history as well as personal images of Albert Russo. The timelessness of these pictures is repeated as a theme within the elegant and often poignant poetry collected. The authors are two very accomplished writers who tackle a wide variety of subjects and themes that affect gay men with surprising depth and meaning. These topics will hit home especially for like-minded individuals but anyone with compassion will understand the beauty and heartache these issues bring to mind.

The poetry is divided by region of the globe, from Africa to Americas to Europe and Asia. The variety of styles changes from short and simple to longer, and even haiku. The tone runs from sweet, sexy, and often humorous to intense and moving. Frequently the language of Russo’s poetry is simple and direct, taking away nothing from the intensity of the message and meaning, yet easy for even the most novice reader to connect and appreciate. Russo’s creativity is unquestionable as he spans numerous taboo subjects and makes no apologies for his desires or sensuality. These themes range from open sexuality to disease, hypocrisy and violence; including one nightstands to long-term relationships, breakups, makeups and admiration of the male form. An example of Russo’s poignant writing is from Prayer:

• “let him love that boy
• without shame;
• let him love him
• in broad daylight
• for his sentiments are
• stronger than
• your malicious gossip,
• more generous than
• your shrunken hearts”

Blending well is Powell’s poetry, which has elegance to the words and gives weight to each one, seeming as if nothing is wasted. Not a thought, an idea or a desire is anything more than necessary as he speaks of a love he yearns for. Yet Powell also delivers strongly worded poems regarding the hypocrisy of governments, penis enlargement spam emails, prostitutes, and casual violence. A great example is this excerpt from Let’s Get Something Straight:

• And for God’s sake don’t you ever
• Tell anyone about this…
• (if you know what is best for you)
• Agreed ? Good ! Now ‘manhandle’ me bitch…

There are few topics these authors feared to invite in for speculation ~ transsexuals, persecution, random sex, AIDS, family pressure, lies, promiscuity, marriage, children, oppression, prejudice, orgies. Taken together this is a look into the lives of any and every gay men and the issues they deal with that create an aura of “different” around them. This celebration of gay life spans globally and encompasses all aspects proudly and openly.

Gaytude is a wonderful collection by two powerful authors that have offered thoughts on timeless themes. Although I can’t claim to be an authority on poetry and perhaps the authors themselves will cringe at my amateur review, I hope to have captured the spirit of this collection.


Critique de TOUR DU MONDE DE LA POESIE GAY
Le nouveau livre bilingue de poésie gay d'Albert Russo et d'Adam Donaldson Powell, GAYTUDE, juste sorti aux USA, mais disponible sur tous les sites de vente en ligne francophones, reprend certains poèmes en français du livre 'Tour du Monde de la poésie gay', publié par Hors Commerce en 2005, avec la grande différence que celui-ci a été réactualisé, complélé par de nouveaux poèmes dans les 2 langues ainsi que tous ceux d'Albert Russo et de son co-auteur Adam Donaldson Powell, et il contient de surcroît des photos homo-érotiques prises par Russo en N&B, sauf pour les deux photos de couverture qui sont en couleur.

8 novembre 2008, par Jean-Louis Garac
www.polychromes.fr/spip.php?article271

Le Livre d’Albert Russo, paru fin 2004, sous le titre TOUR DU MONDE DE LA POESIE GAY, fait partie de ces livres à ne pas rater, il est également intemporel, poésie oblige, raison supplémentaire pour ne pas avoir peur d’en parler aujourd’hui même trois ans après sa parution.

La poésie gay à travers le monde ! Vaste programme s’il en est pour ce titre ambitieux ! Ces textes couvrent en effet tous les continents.
Le côté chant lyrique devant l’Aimé, son corps et tous ses attributs semble l’emporter sur tous les autres thèmes abordés : découverte de l’homosexualité, questionnement, incertitude, chant mélancolique, malaise d’être, envie d’homoparentalité, première découverte etc. La poésie est d’abord vécue comme un chant de bonheur, d’exaltation et d’exultation ! Le sentiment d’aimer est un souffle qui embrase l’objet du désir. La poésie célèbre et montre l’aimé comme le seul objet sur terre.

“c’est ton odeur
qui me rend fou
ce parfum de savane
et de poivre (...)” à  R.Liebaert

Je parlais dans un précédent article du ‘Blason du corps masculin’, ici il est en quelque sorte revendiqué, porté comme un étendard, idéalisé certes mais totalement charnel, d’une matérialité lumineuse et heureuse, but de la vie elle-même ! C’est un cantique des cantiques gay ou dans la grande tradition de la poésie grecque et latine.

‘Cuisses, âmes, mains, tout mon être pêle-mêle,
Mémoire, pieds, coeur, dos et l’oreille et le nez
Et la fressure, tout gueule une ritournelle,
Et trépigne un chahut dans leurs bras forcenés.’’ Verlaine

Il y a aussi des textes graves : sur de jeunes gays arrêtés et flagellés en Iran, sur l’impossibilité de parler et vivre sa vie et ses choix sexuels en Egypte et ailleurs, sur des pratiques de castration physique et mentale ! On ne saurait trop conseiller de méditer ces poèmes et d’écouter ces plaintes, ce ne sont point là de la rhétorique et de
la poésie mais un sinistre vécu de la part de nos frères nés dans ces régions de mort 
sous la menace des milices morales. Ces chants doivent nous mobiliser pour leur Liberté et la nôtre. 



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