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Exile in Gayville

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A book by Ragan Fox

Ragan Fox's multi-faceted personality is on full display here. He's flaming, he's serious, he's funny, he's angry, and he's himself. With poems for horrible times, punch-drunk times, and everywhere in between,Exile in Gayvilledeserves a big audience. … see full wiki

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Author: Ragan Fox
Genre: Gay & Lesbian
Publisher: Lethe Press
1 review about Exile in Gayville

Provocative and Entertaining

  • Jul 25, 2010
Rating:
+5
Fox, Ragan. "Exile in Gayville", Lethe Press, 2009.

Provocative and Entertaining

Amos Lassen

Now that Ragan Fox is a celebrity with his appearance on "Big Brother", I am sure that his books will really begin to see. That, however, is not the only reason. Fox is a talented poet and, as we see on television, a nice guy. His poetry will both provoke and entertain as he cavorts, flames and gets serious with his readers. His sexuality is here and it is bold and we learn of his childhood, his wants and desires and his fears. He gives us stories about his family that are painful and he gives us wild sexy stories as well as his own social commentary and as he relates his thoughts he forces the reader to think about his own thoughts. He speaks to you and makes you take him into your heart.
At the very beginning of this collection the reader sees the contrast between serious and comic. The first two poems, "Beekeeping" and "Inside Joke" are about his abandonment as a child and then being sexually abused when he was just eight. He is at home with sarcasm and he is makes us wonder whether he is actually talking about something or poking fun at it. Rules are not that important to him as his poetic structures are fluid and his content can be about whatever he wants it to be. I cannot put a name on his style except to say it is intelligent and extremely enjoyable. It is also sometimes difficult to decide whether he is ironic and satiric or just plain funny. I am not sure why some gay men describe themselves as "straight acting" as Fox bites into that. I am not sure that "straight acting" is the same as masculine and I know some straight guys who are bigger campers than some of my gay friends. Fox simply wants us to be ourselves as we have spent too long pretending to be something else. To me, at least, that is a message we all have to honor. We are who we are because we have either chosen to be that way or it might have been imposed on us and as Seinfeld said, "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

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