Diva Worship: Author Michael Montlack Fêtes His Book 'Divining Divas' This Weekend in NYC

4.20.2012

By Out.com Editors

An anthology of poems dedicated to the various divas that have touched the lives of gay men.

Every gay man has a woman—or a smattering of them, for that matter—that have served as an inspiration to him—a feminine creature different from any other. While many may find these women in a conveniently close-knit mortal kin—in the form of a friend with whom a real-life relationship can be formed, built, and nurtured—yet there is a league of deities that exist on a different scale whose affect is profoundly different. They come to as singers, songwriters, dancers, artists, and writers that—while we may never meet in the flesh—cast a magnetic spell over us and inform our lives in a unique way. They comfort us when we're low, celebrate us when we're triumphant. They put words to the feelings we find ourselves unable to articulate. Author Michael Montlack has gathered 100 gay men, and asked them to each write a love letter—in the form of a poem—to the woman who serves as his muse.

This weekend Montlack is inviting friends and lovers of these magical women to join him in the release of his book Divining Divas. Next Saturday, April 28th starting at 9pm at elmo, join Montlack in the celebration of this tome dedicated to divas and the men that love them.

You can purchase the book Divining Divas here.

Below, see an excerpt from the book, Montlack's own ode to Stevie Nicks.

"And wouldn't you love to love her?" -Stevie Nicks

       platforms

like a mare on thoroughbred legs: 

some towering foal

still teetering

on a previous life's terrain 

 

        her rasp: 

those boot soles

scraping sandy gravel, 

lightly lapping

rain-softened leaves

 

        shawls

lending shape to a breezy ghostess

delighted by her own sheets, 

how they billow

 

       the pose

of white arms extended

as sheer capes unfold

sorrows, secrets, hiding places

for the invisible

 

        an icon: 

childless

fairy godmother

mothering

the fairy child

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