May 9th, 2012

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Jacques Vallée Des Barreaux (December 6, 1599 - May 9, 1673)

Jacques Vallée, Sieur Des Barreaux (December 6, 1599, Châteauneuf-sur-Loire - May 9, 1673, Chalon-sur-Saône), French poet, was born in Chateauneuf-sur-Loire on December 16, 1599. His great-uncle, Geoffroy-Valle, had been hanged in 1574 for the authorship of a book called Le Flau de la Joy. His nephew appears to have inherited his scepticism, which on one occasion nearly cost him his life. The peasants of Touraine attributed to the presence of the unbeliever an untimely frost that damaged the vines, and proposed to stone him. His authorship of the sonnet on "Penitence", by which he is generally known, has been disputed, notably by Voltaire.
Des Barreaux was apparently bisexual. Although he was later known as one of the lovers of Marion Delorme, a famous courtesan, he also was the lover of the freethinking poet Théophile de Viau, called the "King of Libertines" by Jesuit prosecutors. During his imprisonment in 1623-1625 on charges of writing atheistic poems with homosexual allusions, de Viau addressed a poem to Vallée, "The Complaint of Théophile to his friend Tircis", reproaching Des Barreaux for doing little to help him. After de Viau's death in 1626, a contemporary biographer of high society, Tallement des Réaux, referred to Des Barreaux as de Viau's widow, "thus indicating that their physical relationship was common knowledge at the time."

Subsequently, Des Barreaux was a lover of the libertine poet Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin, the so-called "King of Sodom", "a consummate gentleman" whose aristocratic rank and social connections protected him from prosecution for his witty, homosexually themed writings. In his Pensées, Pascal refers to him in a passage about those who renounce reason and "become brute beasts".

Des Barreaux died at Chalon-sur-Saône on 9 May 1673.


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Joy Harjo (born May 9, 1951)

Joy Harjo (born Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 9, 1951) is a Native American poet, musician, and author of ancestry. Known primarily as a poet, Harjo has also taught at the college level, played alto saxophone with a band called Poetic Justice, edited literary journals, and written screenplays. She is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is of Cherokee descent. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

In 1995, Harjo received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.

Crazy Brave is a spiritual coming-of-age memoir; Joy Harjo was praised for her "breathtaking complex witness and world-remaking language" (Adrienne Rich). In Crazy Brave, a transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo’s tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

Author of: How We Became Human New and Selected Poems: 1975 - 2001 (2002), A Map to the Next World (2000), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994) received the Oklahoma Book Award, Fishing (1992), In Mad Love and War (1990) received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, Secrets from the Center of the World (1989), The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window (1983), New Orleans (1983), She Had Some Horses (1983), What Moon Drove Me to This? (1979), The Last Song (1975), Remember.


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Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968)

Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 – May 9, 1968) was an American poet, playwright, and novelist. Four of de Acosta's plays were produced, and she published a novel and three volumes of poetry. She was professionally unsuccessful but is known for her many lesbian affairs with famous Broadway and Hollywood personalities and numerous friendships with prominent artists of the period.

She was born in New York City in 1893. Her father, Ricardo de Acosta, was Cuban and of Spanish descent while her mother, Micaela Hernandez de Alba y de Alba, was Spanish and reportedly a descendant of the Spanish Dukes of Alba. De Acosta had several siblings: Aida, Ricardo Jr., Angela, Maria, and Rita. Maria married socially prominent A. Robeson Sargent, the Harvard-educated landscape architect and son of Charles Sprague Sargent. Rita would become a famous beauty best known as Rita Lydig. She was photographed by Adolf de Meyer, Edward Steichen, and Gertrude Käsebier, sculpted in alabaster by Malvina Hoffman, and painted by Giovanni Boldini and John Singer Sargent, among others. She also wrote one novel, Tragic Mansions (Boni & Liveright, 1927), under the name Mrs Philip Lydig, a society melodrama described as "emotionally moving and appealing" by The New York Times. De Acosta attended elementary school at the Covenant of the Blessed Sacrement on West 79th Street in Manhattan where Dorothy Parker was a classmate.

Greta Garbo and Mercedes de Acosta

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (February)

Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2011 to August 2012).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Damon Suede, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Max Rhyser, Mitzie, Tammy.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post or "liking" the cover on FB (I prefer the poll, it's easier for me, and you can vote logging with FB, Twitter or other accounts)

Most Voted Covers last round:

Shadowboxing (Reese Dante)

Delsyn's Blues (Reese Dante)

Revolutionary (Anne Cain)

Bonds of Earth (Justin James)

All the covers are here:

or here:

and here is the poll:

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A Serving of Love by Andrew Grey

Reading the bio of this author, you learn he is indeed leaving in historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and so I assume the feeling of this small town is real life experience, a real life experience that would be nice to enjoy.

It’s not that there is no drama in Carlisle, it’s only that every drama seems manageable, something you can face and deal with your own strength and with a little help from your friends. Losing a job, dealing with an illness, growing without a parent, graduating and having a successful career, opening your business… everything you want, you can.

Robert is only 30 years old and he is already a judge for his county. He is also gay and a virgin, having spent all his earlier years committed to his studies and career, and maybe being also a little shy. Sebastian is more or less same age, but he played the field; he is no stupid at all, and from a good family, who supported him, but he decided to skip college and enjoy life.

Robert and Sebastian balance each other, even if, actually, Sebastian’s worry is that Robert will want to play the field as well before setting down with one man; and moreover, that Robert will realize that a simple waiter is not match for a county judge. But Robert sees in Sebastian everything he wants and desires, and Sebastian is really patient and kind with him, letting him take the steps at his own pace, kindly pushing him when it’s necessary but also stepping back when Robert has the feel they are hurrying too fast towards the unknown paths.

As I said, each drama is manageable, like when public opinion will try to question Robert’s private life; but this is not a big coming out story, there is no huge scandal and tears and separation. Sure, it’s not easy for Robert, and above all not pleasant, but they will manage together to overcome also this situation. Same for the illness of one of their friends or for any other trouble, the right solution is always there, ready for them to catch it.

Amazon: A Serving of Love
Amazon Kindle: A Serving of Love
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615819096
ISBN-13: 978-1615819096

Series: Taste of Love
1) A Taste of Love:
2) A Serving of Love

Reading List: list&view=elisa.rolle