Decade Dance: Poetry by Michael Lassell
Decade Dance is a triumph, by turns as rank and guady as the Times Square it probes like a squad car, then suddenly rife with tenderness and the human cost of feeling. Michael Lassell's poems are worldly in the best way, defining the arc of a word of gay life in our own decade of mouting horror and oppression. With an effortless feel for dark laughter he roams the city, a startling combination of boulevardier and hooker. From the sublime pathos of "How to Watch Your Brother Die" to the caustic and riotous "Piss Jesse", Lassell is a master of the necessary word. In an age of tepid and whining verse, his bawdy and bittersweet songs are like a plung in cold champagne (Paul Monette)
A New York native, Michael Lassell spent the last several years as a critic and arts featre writer in Los Angeles. His poetry has appeared in many journals and in Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time and Poets For Life. He has recently returned to New York City as managing editor of Interview Magazine.