Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems (featuring "Reactions to Homophobia")
This anthology of essays and poems explores many social issues, while celebrating friendship, love, and writing. This collection, quoted by many authors and Web masters, includes the multi-part essay Reactions to Homophobia, followed by poems and short essays on a variety of topics, such as writing, AIDS, religion, violence, family, friendship, and gay relationships.
“Treat living each day as a tear in the fabric of bigotry.”
“Never base self-acceptance on whether others accept you.”
Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.
This collection, quoted by many authors and Web masters, includes the multi-part essay Reactions to Homophobia, followed by poems and short essays on a variety of topics, such as writing, AIDS, religion, violence, family, friendship, and gay relationships. Holding Me Together counters homophobia, celebrates gay love, and promotes gay pride.
“In his exploration of what it is to be gay, Simolke manages to touch on a more fundamental truth: what it is to be human.” –Watchword.
“If I had a magic wand, I would put this book in the hands of all our gay or questioning youth.” –author, painter, dancer Copernicus again.
“Duane Simolke's voice is gentle, reasoned, assured, but will leave you gasping for breath.” –author Ronald L. Donaghe.
Books by Duane Simolke
StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award. Comedy and drama in West Texas, from the author of Degranon, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.”—Kirkus Discoveries.
This book examines Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, as it relates to Gertrude Stein, gender roles, failed communication, and the machine in the garden. Simolke also looks at Anderson’s concerns about mechanization, loneliness, and the mistreatment of many people.
The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure. Exciting eBook about a teen girl who stumbles into adventure and becomes a legend. Her allies include her gay brother and an elderly but heroic lesbian couple. Revised, second edition. By Duane Simolke with Toni Davis.
Diversity-themed science fiction! We stopped racism and homophobia, but face surveillance of our weight and our words. Now a First Nation family gets caught between our oppressive government and the colony it rejected.
In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens. Telius simply wants to marry the man he loves. Argen struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. Both twins help their mother face Valchondria’s greatest threats.