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Monday, 15 October 2012


Pogrom pub.
Hooded hate.
Nationalist state.
Moscow majesty.
Rock and roll Tchaikovsky.
Iron closets.
Masked history.


Anatoly Steiger.
Georgy Adamovich.
Anatoly Mariengof.
Sergei Yesenin.
Rurik Ivnev.
Vyacheslav Ivanov.
Valery Pereleshin.

Orthodox anarchy.
Coming Out Day.
International unity.
Proud to be gay.

© James Schwartz

Russian nationalists attack Moscow gay bar on international Coming Out Day celebration

Poet and slam performer, James Schwartz strives for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with modern gay wordplay. Author of: The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (inGroup Press, 2011). Twitter: @queeraspoetry


  1. Love Iron Closet. Execellent!! [hate the story behind the poem of course].

  2. Wow, an ugly law -- I had never heard of it. Thank you for education through poetry!

    And I just looked up "Cavafy" -- thanx.

  3. A powerful package. The news report reminded me of what happened when some British gay rights activists went to Russia a few years ago:


    And any Britons disposed to feel their own country is more enlightened should see some of the repugnant comments made in response to this news report on some sites.