Since meeting Michael Broder at last year’s Rainbow Book Fair, we’ve become friends and I was delighted to have him on the podcast again. This year Michael is also on the steering committee for the Book Fair, and we had a chance to talk books, writing, and the largest LGBT book fair in the country, coming up fast on April 18 in New York City.
Michael also has a book of poetry out, This Life Now, from A Midsummer Night’s Press. It’s now a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for poetry. You can read more about him at his website www.mbroder.com/. Michael lives in Brooklyn with his husband Jason Schneiderman and describes himself as “the oldest new voice in contemporary poetry.” Great energy, terrific poet and a very welcome guest on the podcast.
“Michael Broder’s moving and lucid poems have heart, music, audacity—and they give a quiet, lasting pleasure, like an ancient Greek torso reshaped for the space age. THIS LIFE NOW is full of salt, sex, TV, and other riveting varieties of poised explosiveness, to which his lucky reader blissfully surrenders.”—Wayne Koestenbaum
“Dare I confess that this wise and sassy and heartbreaking collection made me scour YouTube for past episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Such are the subtle, ethereal, and playful gifts of Michael Broder’s poems that a reader won’t want to miss any allusion. No matter how bittersweet or fleeting, these poems, which span more than thirty years of an emerging queer consciousness, chart an unflinching poetics for the missing and unaccounted for. The book makes so many foundational moments and episodes of a thriving culture reappear and cohere, with such grim acceptance and celebration, that it takes our breath away.”—Peter Covino
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