Feed the Beast
Feed the Beast by Pádraig Ó Tuama features poems which meditate on sexuality and religion. This breathtaking book charts the landscape into-and out of-the world of "gay cure" and reparative therapy. Having undergone treatments, therapies, and exorcisms for gagging the gay in him, Pádraig Ó Tuama pushes past gods and devils and searches for language that might offer safety. At the core of this collection is a breathtaking erasure poem written in response to the Vatican's statement on the blessing of same-sex unions. With dexterous use of form and voice, Feed the Beast explores registers of rage and resilience. Whether in parable, narrative or song, whether in tenderness or fear, the reader encounters poems that are honed, necessary and-finally-hopeful.
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The poems in Pádraig Ó Tuama's Feed the Beast loom large with a kind of broad-stroke swagger only this poet can render through language that is as tender as it is animated: "I've been swimming round here for a while now/and while I've never touched the ocean floor, /I've tried." This book is unashamed about poetry's relationship to the spirit...I would go as far as saying this book is one way we know poetry is prayer.
- Jericho Brown, The Tradition
Tender, heartbreaking, and lyric; an excavation into exile and exorcism as it applies to gay men. This is a book of griefs and resurrection. Beautiful.
- Joelle Taylor, C+nto & Othered Poems