Randall Mann’s third collection showcases the debaucheries and traumas of growing up amid San Francisco’s gay scene. These self-possessed new poems combine the regal and raw, with Mann’s renowned ear for poetic form matched by his unflinching eye for longing, alienation, and vice.
“Randall Mann is a writer of breathtaking honesty. At the center of [Straight Razor] is the question of desire and what we do with it, how we move through it and how we are moved. And yet, Mann knows, desire can also be a weapon in the hands of the world.”
—David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
“[R]eaders would do well to recognize Mann’s place alongside poets like D. A. Powell, Marilyn Hacker, and Anne Sexton.”
“[T]he sex is explicit, the meters traditional and taut, the poems compact, witty, yet ready for serious points.... [A] combination of astringency and fire.” —Publishers Weekly
Randall Mann is the author of the poetry collections Proprietary, Breakfast with Thom Gunn, and Complaint in the Garden. He lives in San Francisco.
Paperback / $15.95 (Can $17.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-430-0 / 68 pages / Poetry
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