Julian Symons, 15 August 1991
Show More Lipstick, Sex and Poetry by Jeremy Reed.
Peter Owen, 119 pp., £14.95, June 1991, 0 7206 0817 1Show More
A poet could not but be gay by James Kirkup.
Peter Owen, 240 pp., £16.95, June 1991, 0 7206 0823 6Show More
There was a young man from Cardiff by Dannie Abse.
Hutchinson, 211 pp., £12.99, April 1991, 0 09 174757 0Show More
String of Beginners by Michael Hamburger.
Skoob Books, 338 pp., £10.99, May 1991, 1 871438 66 7Show More
“... The first page of Jeremy Reed’s ‘autobiographical exploration of sexuality’ finds him with ‘a red gash of lipstick’ on his mouth, pondering whether to take the ten steps down to a beach where men sunbathe nude. He is androgynous, 16, ‘looking for a new species’. James Kirkup also admits to androgyny and to a passion for make-up, from childhood when he experimented with his mother’s make-up box, through the time when, as head of the English Department at the Bath Academy of Art, he appeared in his own play for children wearing white tights and with gold sequins on his upper eyelids, right into middle age ...”