Queer Festivus Gift Ideas- Poetry & More

In Pursuit Of A Dream:
Poetic Prose by Brian D Gryphon

Born near the end of the ‘Baby Boomer Era’, Brian grew up in south-western Ontario. Living in a village of 1,000 people in the 70’s he knew he was ‘different’ – and not just in sexual orientation.

Moving back to Toronto (his birthplace) as quickly after graduation as he could, he did more than his fair share to celebrate life as a gay person and promote ‘sexual rebellion’. He doesn’t claim to have found answers there to all the ‘big questions'; but offers these writings as notes on his journey.

Moving On:
Poetic Prose by Jason Beilchick

Growing up gay in rural Pennsylvania, Jason adopted a ‘Goth’ appearance to survive high school. Mourning the loss of his father to cancer just as he entered his teen years, Jason wrote out much of the material collected in this volume during the 1990s.

Of his work he says “everything i have written tells a story of who i am; if you read these poems and you find they hurt your feelings that wasn’t my intention.

In Pursuit Of A Dream now available at CreateSpace
5″x8″
40 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1469958262


Moving On is now available at CreateSpace
6″x9″
74 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1470002497


Echoes of My Lips:
Poetic Prose by Michael Harding

A collection of poetry and poetic prose composed during the 1970s when the author was in his 20s. It is a reflection of the times, while also timeless commentary on life, love and sex.

Of his work Michael says: “My poetry is my internal journey. It is the honest — and sometimes painful — expression of my love. A place beyond any scorn.

1 Out Of 10 Therapists: The Poetry of Romanovsky & Phillips Lyrics
Pioneers of the gay folk music scene, Ron Romanovsky & Paul Phillips began their career at San Francisco’s ‘Valencia Rose Cafe’ as the musical break for Gay Comedy Open Mic Night. Over the next two decades they toured across the nation as well as abroad.

They released a number of albums which are available again at their Official Web-site. 1 Out Of 10 Therapists includes 44 selections.

Echoes of My Lips is now available at CreateSpace
6″x9″
48 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1480162549


1 Out Of 10 Therapists now available at CreateSpace
7.5″x9.25″
54 pages
White paper
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1469984186


Festivus Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:

  • I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
  • Some titles are sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases from any of my Cafepress shops;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases of my books from CreateSpace;
  • Romanovsky & Phillips earns a licensing fee for R&P shop sales;
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Queer Festivus Gift Ideas- Movies

Queer Movies

Here are 13 titles- a baker’s dozen, or perhaps a coven? I have each of the first ten titles below in my library. The last three titles are new to me, but come recommended by a friend who has similar taste in movies, so I am quite comfortable listing them here.

Festivus Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:

  • I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
  • Some titles are sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases from any of my Cafepress shops;
  • I earn a few dollars on purchases of my books from CreateSpace;
  • Romanovsky & Phillips earns a licensing fee for R&P shop sales;

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Remembrance Day

Originally published on 11/10/2009

The Armistice that brought an end to World War I (“the war to end all wars“) went into effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Attending school in Canada, this day always included a school-wide Assembly- and it always included a recital of “In Flanders’ Fields“:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Major (later Lieutenant-Colonel) John McCrae, it is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915. McCrae later wrote of that battle: “I wish I could embody on paper some of the varied sensations of that seventeen days… Seventeen days of Hades! At the end of the first day if anyone had told us we had to spend seventeen days there, we would have folded our hands and said it could not have been done.

For more information on the poem and the poppy, visit the Royal Canadian Legion web-site. Or the American Legion web-site to support US vets.

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