POETRY. LGBT. These seventeen poems bespeak a lifetime of growth and pain. Blas Falconer writes of family and friends, of travel and home. But mostly he writes, from deep within his heart, of living as a gay man in a hetero-world. For him, the “perfect hour” is a time when nothing should be changed, not even the length of that hour. For him, whether he’s writing about his mother, his grandmother, or a rather unusual child, the issue is always, “Love them, love them.”
Blas Falconer is the author of two other poetry collections, The Foundling Wheel and A Question of Gravity and Light, and a coeditor of two essay collections, The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. He has received numerous awards and his poems have appeared in various literary journals. He is the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University and lives in Los Angeles.