a coincidence of beauty and suffering, / which I would learn is an old coincidence.
J. ESTANISLAO LOPEZ We Borrowed Gentleness (Alice James Books, 2022).
“Like its author, Kirby’s stunningly good book Poetry is Queer defies categorization. It’s part memoir, part history of gay Toronto, part commonplace book (though—again, like its author—Kirby’s writing is anything but commonplace), part cultural travelogue, part guide for living (“If you’re gonna stew, make certain it’s not only edible, but delicious”), part queer manifesto, part meditation on the body, part poignant self-reflection, part celebratory self-examination, and absolutely always gloriously Kirby.”
K. R. Wilson, Call Me Stan: A Tragedy In Three Millennia