Poetry. LGBT Studies. Edited by Reginald Shepherd and Philip Clark. Afterword by Douglas Crase. An evocative and luminous collection of poems from the late Donald Britton. Described as "dazzling" by Edmund White and as a poet "who has The Gift and delivers The Goods" by Kenward Elmslie, Donald Britton published just one book of poetry, Italy, before his death from AIDS in 1994. IN THE EMPIRE OF THE AIR: THE POEMS OF DONALD BRITTON reprints Italy alongside previously unpublished and uncollected poems to display the full range of Britton's fresh, vivid language and subtle humor. It is poetry by turns glamorous, wistful, intellectual, and elegant, the sharp-eyed observations of a penetrating mind lost to the world too soon.
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Donald Britton was the author of Italy (1981) and the previously unpublished manuscript IN THE EMPIRE OF THE AIR (Nightboat Books, 2016).Reginald Shepherd was the author of six books of poetry including Red Clay Weather.Philip Clark is the co-editor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA