Somewhere- A Poetic Triptych

The cold weather, sniffles, and general malaise of the season brought the following three pieces of mine to mind.

Somewhere, I can see the light–
Deep within I cried last night.
My only hope is to set it right;
My story’s often cold.

Someone I can hear tells me
Deep within, I know I’m free.
My only hope is my insanity.
My story’s often cold.

Something I can smell is here;
Deep within I feel his fear.
My only hope is that you are near.
My story’s often cold.

Sometimes I can touch the truth
Deep within my forgotten youth.
My only hope belies that truth.
My story’s often cold.

Somehow I can taste death now,
Deep within. I can’t allow
My only hope– has left somehow.
My story’s often cold.


I met you
    But that was
Kissed my lips
    But that was
I fell in love
    But that was
Came between us
    but that was


    Somewhere between
    Lust and Love
    I found my soul was
    Wrapped in yours.

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The Fallen Angels of Karnataka

The-Fallen-Angels-of-Karnataka-2The Fallen Angels of Karnataka by:
Hans M. Hirschi

Published by: Yaree AB
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, LGBT, Social Awareness, Literary, Travel
264 pages

In an isolated mountain town in Norway, Haakon dreams of traveling the world, pursuing adventure, seeing great cities, finding love. His very first trip to London with friends from university offers much promise, yet soon after tragedy strikes. Still young, and mourning the loss of his lover, Haakon is not ready to give up on his dream, so when a rich Englishman offers him the chance to join him on a tour of the world, Haakon takes it, daring to believe that his dream is finally coming true…but at what price? The Fallen Angels of Karnataka is a novel filled with adventure, life’s hard-learned lessons, loss, despicable evil, and finally, love and redemption.

Purchase now at the special price of US$5.99- The Fallen Angels of Karnataka for Kindle

author-hans-hirschiAuthor Hans M. Hirschi
Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years. A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow. A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union, the Writers’ Center in Sweden and serves as chair of the Swedish Federation of Self- & Independent Publishers. He may be found on-line:
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Queer Festivus Gift Idea: December Rose

A selection of images from our book “December Rose” which contains 60 images from the Whetstone Park of Roses taken on 12/01/10 (World Aids Day). The book is available at Amazon. Printed on Premium paper, available as a paperback or with a premium ‘imagewrap‘ hard cover. We donate $20 (approximately 90% of our mark-up) from the sale of each copy to AmFAR.

Selected images are available as true photographic prints up to 16″x20″ from our ZenFolio gallery. Some images are available on cards, journals and other gift items at our CP Shop and Wall Calendars at our Lulu storefront. 90% of proceeds from these shops is also donated to AmFAR.

“Why roses?” you might ask. I could talk about their near-universal symbolism or ruminate on how artificial modern hybrid roses are; genetically-altered mutants bred for human pleasure regardless of the impact on Mother Nature. The symbolism that flowers die, set seed (unless sterile) and are born anew next Spring. How some of these images do contain both new buds and dead blooms. The truth is that I did not select roses so much as they chose me. I was at the Whetstone Park of Roses just to take a few images to ‘close the file’ on the 2010 season when I knew that I had to do this volume.
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Queer Festivus Gift Ideas- Books by Sean Martin

Doc and Raider Books by Sean Stephane Martin

“A couple of gay guys from Canada, Doc and Raider started back in 1987 as a small, single-panel cartoon whose initial appearance was in a LGBT publication in Vancover. They were quickly snapped up by others across Canada then Europe, New Zealand, Japan, and the Middle East… but always viewing things from a distinctly Canadian point of view. Tackling such issues as HIV/AIDS and gay bashing as well as leather contests and life with cats, Doc and Raider has rarely been a strip to shy away from an issue and looks for humour in the all the best places, whether political or pop-cultural or just about anything else.” (From the website About page)

In January of 2009 Sean brought Doc & Raider (and friends) to the web. At the time he wrote:
“For those not familiar with the strip, DNR started as a hand-drawn comic back in the mid80s in Canada and had a pretty successful run for almost a decade: two anthologies, about 3.5 million readers worldwide, and raising some pretty serious bucks for everything from an AIDS hospice in New Zealand to an arts festival in Scotland. I let the strip go fallow for a number of years, then brought it out of retirement a couple of years ago when the opportunity arose to convert the guys into 3D versions of themselves. This format is also allowing me to explore animating the guys; that should be a lot of fun.”

Coming Soon:




Festivus Queer Gift Ideas – Important Disclosures:

  • I earn a few per cent on Amazon purchases;
  • Sean earns a few dollars from the sale of each book; and richly deserves every penny;
  • Some titles may be sold through Amazon’s marketplace, not directly by Amazon.
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