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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1973 - File 012. 1973-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 1, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2793/show/2779.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date December 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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The event was the publication of John Giorno's major book of poems. Cancer in my Left Ball. The gala party was hosted by the publisher, Something Else Press, Inc. at Open Mind Books and Records, 66 Greene Street. This new book represents an important trend for poetry of the 70's. Girno's poetry is marked by a unique personal style which unique personal style which GAYS AND STRAIGHTS WORKING! TOGETHER IN AUSTRALIA I Sydney, Australia--Gays and symphathetic straights in Australia are taking major steps toward relaxing legal and social taboos that have long made Aussie gays among the most oppressed anywhere. According to the New York Times, a motion to remove the stigma of criminality from gay sex acts by consenting adults in private already has been adopted by the Australian parliament. Formal legislation to remove the present harsh penalties for gay sex acts is expected soon. Approval of the legislative motion came after the Minister for Environment and Conservation told .^ members of Parliament that anti- £gay sentiment is so strong that Jr-beating up gays has become"vir~ tually a recognized civilian team sport." § Meanwhile many straights were ... shocked recently to hear that gay ig activists have been conducting lee- £ tures on homosexuality at several ^high schools in Melbourne and 8 Sydney, the nation's two largest i| cities. The gays said the lectures _j£ came at the request of teachers. f«- m xmmk&m «» » -m trie meditation. The book developed around the time of his bout with four different kinds of cancer. Cancer in my Left Ball expresses the collective American consciousness by putting it to poetic use from its most illuminating sources; news items; advertising, and the human voice trying to understand its own suffering. Giorno's use of the new media and body makes use of repetition and tan- = consciousness represents the new Claiming they were unaware of ^ the lectures, state education off- & icials have ordered an investigat- * ion. S One gay person, Martin Smith, $ 41. is openly running in state elect- !};' ions in New South Wales on a gay & rights platform. He recently told ™ reporters that a team of 15 gay '& lecturers had spoken at 30 state * and private schools in Sydney ji " without opposition. " Reaction $ from students and teachers mixed. In addition, the Congregational Church, in its assembly here recently supported a more tolerant attitude toward gays as has a synod of the Anglican Church. A congregational pastor in Perth said he has performed marriage ceremonies for both gay male couples and lesbian couples. Persons convicted of gay sex acts still can be jailed for up to 21 years, in some Australian states However long-held masculine attitudes have given way somewhat since the days when a person could be sentenced to life imprisonment for the "abominable crime" of sodomy. est wave in poetic expression. Not since tne appearance ol" Allen Ginsberg's Howl in 1958, has poetry surfaced with such power and brilliance. The images of Cancer in my Left Ball are the hells of heroin, the hungry ghosts of trashy pornography, the animals of hamburger cattle, the titans of B-52 bombers and the gods of the cheap thrills of consummate bliss. Also included - in this first edition are some beau tiful portraits of the pc.et by artist Les Levine. Levine comments, "though many readers of Cancer in my Left Ball will be shocked and appalled by the nature of some of the material, it is true that it effectively forces American society to take a long, hard look at itself in the mirror of its own mass media." John Giorno is the president of Giorno Poetry Systems, an organization he established in the late 60's, which revolutionizedthepre- sentation of poetry by introducing the use of the telephone as a poetic tool. Giorno Poetry Systems'"Dial A Poem" project, which began at the Architectural League of New York in 1969 and ran for five months, reached a million and a half people who called in on ten telephone lines. When the project was later sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, members resigned and thousands complained, and the F.B.I, arrived one morning to investigate. Time magazine reported on the thousands calling David and Nelson Rockfeller's Museum to hear the voices of Giorno, Bobby Seale, El- dridge Cleaver, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, etc. John Giorno was the star of Andy Warhol's marathon film. Sleep. He has recently released a 2-record album entitled Dial A Poem Poets. Something Else Press, Inc. had produced many important volumes over the past ten years, In many cases, their publications have introduced new talent. Over the years many of the authors of these initial volumes have gained international fame. Amongst these are John Cage, Marshall McLuhan, Claes Oldenburg, Merce Cu""ir>e,ham, Allan Kaprow.
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