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Transgression: Windy City Times Fourth Annual Literary Supplement
2007-06-20

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By Walter R. Holland

( 1984 )

So many were dying, but in the background I

could hear the convention—Reagan speaking

on TV and I wanted to ask you to help me.

I was losing my friends. It was crazy in the City. Did Reagan

say anything of the 'gay disease'? Did you know

of the chaos? Care being refused—

funeral homes 'closed,' E.R.s packed—

but Reagan was at the podium and I could hear

the cheering and imagined the faces gloating

on the screen and I wanted to ask you

how you could support him,

when behind all their talk

was your scared son?

Walter Holland, Ph.D., is the author of A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979-1992 and Transatlantic as well as one novel, The March. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, HazMat, Redivider, Rhino and other journals and anthologies. He teaches literature in New York City at the New School and is also a physical therapist.


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