Randall Mann is the author of two previous poetry collections, Breakfast with Thom Gunn and Complaint in the Garden. His poems and prose appear in The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, Salmagundi, and The Washington Post. He lives in San Francisco. (Author photo by Ben Zweig)
Randall Mannís third collection showcases the debaucheries and traumas of growing up amid San Franciscoís gay scene. These self-possessed new poems combine the regal and raw, with Mannís renowned ear for poetic form matched by his unflinching eye for longing, alienation, and vice.
"Readers would do well to recognize Mannís 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."