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Orville Lloyd Douglas in the Gay and Lesbian Review

Poet and professor of English David Bergman reviewed Orville Lloyd Douglas’ latest poetry collection in The Gay and Lesbian Review.

In the latest issue of the Review, Bergman dissects the “Vick” sequence of poems in Under My Skin.

“The most moving and fascinating portion of this book is a section titled ‘Vick,’ a sequence of poems about a failed love affair between Douglas, who is black, and Vick, who is Sikh. Vick is unwilling to give up his family and his heritage to live with Douglas. Instead, he marries and fathers children. Douglas is able to convey his love, anger, sadness, and resentment in a complex mixture. In the poem ‘Touch Me,’ he orders his interlocutor to ‘touch me, but not with your hands,’ and also to ‘soothe,’ ‘hold,’ ‘speak,’ ‘see.’ It concludes with the order: ‘Believe me: I do love you.'”

Under My SKinOrville Lloyd Douglas is a writer and social activist. His writing examines image versus reality of tolerance and multiculturalism in Canada from the perspective of a young, gay, black man. His poetry has received critical acclaim from George Elliott Clarke, who described Douglas’ first collection, You Don’t Know Me, as “bold and brash” and Ginsbergesque in “the same pell-mell rush of ideas and images that drives Howl.”

Under My Skin asks a lot of questions, questions that demand answers: Why are young black gay men invisible in Canada’s queer and black communities? Do their lives really matter? How do young black men deal with the daily challenges of dealing with multiple oppressions in relation to our race and gender? Is Canada truly a multicultural nation? Why are the brothers dying due to gun violence on the streets of Toronto?

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