Do you love New York City? Do you love poetry? Then why haven’t you purchased a copy of Craig Moreau’s Chelsea Boy? Oh, because it’s not out until June. In the meantime, there is this. A trailer. “Sex, drugs, and rock’n'roll” would be the subtitle, because we hear it was taken.
Next magazine wrote of the poetry collection last year:
Much like poet Emanuel Xavier’s If Jesus Were Gay, Moreau’s work has been pressing all the right buttons lately. His mission to create what he wryly calls a “national epic for Chelsea” is proving that those who reach for the moon may land among stars of queer culture. To wit, selections from Chelsea Boy (forthcoming from Chelsea Station Editions in June 2011) received a standing ovation at the Forbes Gallery in November.
Chelsea Boy charts the poet’s transition from small-town Iowa with its “heart-fueled factories” to his current residence on West 16th Street, and includes snapshots of a larger world where gay men cry with the nation post-9/11 because “we died too.”
If you hate it, blame NYU’s Creative Writing Program. [via]