When recently asked about the gay content of his poems, Leuzzi responded:
Any man who admits his attraction to another man finds himself in a marginal position in the patriarchy. It's 2010 and I still come across editors who won't publish some of my poems because they are too 'explicit.' I once wrote a sonnet that an editor rejected based upon its homosexual content. I remember the exact words: 'Your sonnet is very impressive. But we're trying to get our publication picked up by university libraries. Sorry.' What?! Are you kidding me with this? I guess what I'm saying is, representations of male homoeroticism are still pretty edgy in mainstream reading circles. The fact that almost one-third of this new collection of poems deals squarely with gay male desire is a risk. It's political."
Illumination (from Radiant Losses)
I climbed the stairs to his room and found him naked, as promised, lying silently upon the bed, and the bed itself quite promising.
I stripped quickly and joined him in the soft, semi- darkness lit by two thin candles, where our pale skin flickered in the flickering shadows.
But when flame ceased, and he turned on the lights so I could gather back my clothes, I saw before me, posed like gods, a pair of tall bronze statues.