Emanuel Xavier’s If Jesus Were Gay & other poems pulls no punches and is brutally frank about his views on sexuality, politics, and religion. Yet as deeply personal as these poems are, they are universal enough to move any reader. Both sacred and profane, it is a compelling and confessional collection from a daring and ambitious voice in contemporary poetry.
“Love, sadness, lust and reverie…every poem in If Jesus Were Gay & other poems engages with a haunting tenderness that never abates. Xavier delivers a masterful, enduring work.” —Steven G. Fullwood, The Magician’s Assistant’s Dilemma
“’Death comes like wind sudden and unexpected’ . . . The poems in If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, inform, instruct, rouse revolution, and liberate. In these poems, I have found family, cleansed my heart, and let the tears flow. Heartfelt! Rousing! Necessary!” —Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, poet and author of Convincing the Body
“Emanuel Xavier’s extraordinary If Jesus Were Gay & other poems is a fevered communion of spirit, sex, and heart. These poems’ hot, fierce honesty burst the thermometer with their unflinching open-eyed embrace of being human. Buckle up! These are his queer embodied poetics you eat. This is his love-bursting blood you drink. What would Jesus do? He would read this book!” —Tim Miller, performer and author of Body Blows and 1001 Beds
“Xavier is both a hopeless romantic and an utter realist, a man who has experienced the worst that life can throw at you and yet has somehow retained the heart of a child and the soul of a truly good and compassionate human being. His life and his work are a testament to the invincibility and strength of the human spirit.” —Trebor Healey, author of A Perfect Scar and other stories
EMANUEL XAVIER is author of the novel, Christ Like, and editor of the anthologies Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry. He has been featured on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, The New York Times, CNN, and his work has appeared in The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. A spoken word/music compilation CD, Legendary: The Spoken Word Poetry of Emanuel Xavier, is available on iTunes. He lives in New York City and curates a spoken word poetry series at El Museo del Barrio. www.emanuelxavier.com
“Emanuel Xavier is a super fierce pier queen and poet who effortlessly turns his experience into literary emissions of pride and passion.”
—Michael Musto, Village Voice columnist and author of Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back