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Houston Voice, July 7, 2006 - File 014. 2006-07-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 15, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2641/show/2633.

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Title Houston Voice, July 7, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
Publisher Window Media
Date July 7, 2006
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JULY 7, 2006 13 AMANDA MAHMOUDI Houston 'Soul' sister Local lesbian publishes book of poetry that examines her inner self A COMMON STEREOTYPE OF POETS IS that they wander through life with their heads in the clouds. Imagine the surprise tri find poet Dee Main at home in a small town just outside of nearby Dickinson, Tex., with her wife, children and dog. Her first book "Soul of a Poet" hit stores a couple of weeks ago, and Main still cannot believe it. "I live in my brain," she explained. "And 1 know how messed up it is. To think that anyone would be interested in what I write is incredible." After reading a full binder of her poetry, Main's wife thought otherwise. She encouraged her to share her work with others. Main has since created the website www.mypoeticdreams.com on which she states, "If you can dream it, I can write about it." She writes personalized poems based on suggestion, promising to express thoughts and emotions from the client's perspective. The poems in her book do not necessarily reflect her own experiences. It is important for her to challenge herself and her readers. She claims that her work has brought people to tears or left them in complete shock. "When you read this poetry, try to figure out if it's my experience or someone else's," she said. She cites popular authors like Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King among her favorites. She also likes writers who make her laugh like the late Erma Bombeck, Judy Illume and Dr. Seuss. Main first began writing poetry in high school. That is when reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe and Shel Silverstein made its impact on her as a writer. "They both had the ability to make poetry understandable," she said. "Before O MORE INFO 'Soul of a Poet* PublishAmerica $9.95 www.publishamerica.com Book Signing and Reading Events Papethack Swap N'Shop July 15 Dickinson, Texas Midsummer Books July 22 Galveston, Texas IWIywoodBook&Caft Aug. 19 Houston, Texas that, I had no desire whatsoever to read. It took me a few years to realize that I had talent and others do too." In those years, Main lived in at least eight states and tried more professions than she would like to admit. "I've done a lot," she said ruefully. "Let's just leave it at that." MAIN IS ELUSIVE ABOUT HER professional past. Now she works full- time arranging construction and asset evaluation for Viewpoint Energy. Her goal is to build a career in writing. "This book is really just the tip of the iceberg," she promises. She is already submitting her second book to publishers, this one a collection of lesbian erotica with a comedic twist. Even though the process of publishing "Soul of a Poet" was relatively easy. Main has been left on her own to promote the book. She schedules all of her appearances and readings. She will be at the Paperback Swap N'Shop in Dickinson on July 15, Midsummer Books in Galveston on July 22 and at Hollywood Book & Cafe in Houston on August 19. She contains her excitement with perspective and determination. "My poetry stands on its own," said Main. "I say that I'm gay. Not a lot of authors are capable of doing that. "Gays and lesbians are still frowned upon, especially here in Texas . This is the biggest problem. It could either help my career or it would be suicide. If people don't want to buy my book because I'm gay, they're losing out." Her creative struggle began a long time ago, but now it is there for everyone to see. Stereotypes will come and go. In the end the poet, with her head in the clouds and feet on the ground, shall persevere.
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