Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. Who gets left out of history if we only tell the stories of names we recognize? What is lost when we neglect the histories of those rendered nameless because they possessed some feared contagion—sexual, viral, or social? Drawing from Caravaggio's religious paintings, the music of Erik Satie, and the personal obituary, this collection remembers oft-overlooked stories and queers familiar ones to question the concept of quarantine and what it means to separate ourselves from or with others. Refusing to be morose or tragic, QUARANTINE is a collection of poems that commune with the anonymous dead of the pre-Stonewall and early AIDS eras; a love song from one body to another, knowing that to love is to die...yet choosing still to love.
Scott Chalupa writes and teaches in Columbia, SC, where he earned an MFA at the University of South Carolina. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, pacificREVIEW, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Indianapolis Review, The South Atlantic Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and other venues.Author City: COLUMBIA, SC USA