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In the Castro with Karl Tierney

I discovered the unique voice of Karl Tierney in the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS published in 2010. Karl had already been dead for 15 years, having taken his own life in 1995 after his diagnosis the year before. He was only 39 when he walked to the center of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and jumped into the bay.

Karl's work could have been lost if it were not for a dedicated group of friends, writers and editors who refused to let his poetry disappear. Their efforts over the last nearly quarter of a century has culminated in the publication of Have You Seen This Man? The Castro Poems of Karl Tierney, which will be published in October by Sibling Rivalry Press (you can preorder the book at this link). Editor Jim Cory has done a spectacular job of assembling the work into a posthumous collection that, I have no doubt, would have made Karl very proud. As usual, Sibling Rivalry publisher and editor Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington have done a…

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