Daddy by Michael Montlack


Michael Montlack’s second collection of poems, DADDY, reminds us that many people in our lives are daddies to us in one way or another. With humbleness and respect, he pays homage to these many parents in his life while addressing his own role as an uncle and middle-aging gay man.

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Playful but poignant, these poems move from the personal to the political, from sorrowful to sexy to silly. Somehow in its darkest moments, Montlack’s colorful cast—a dramatic twin sister, mysterious birth mother, aloof ex-boyfriend, even Stevie Nicks and Medusa—win your respect and maybe even your heart.

Michael Montlack is the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press) and author of the poetry collections DADDY (NYQ Books, 2020) and COOL LIMBO (NYQ Books, 2011) along with three chapbooks. His poems have appeared in North American Review, Poet Lore, The Cincinnati Review, The Offing, Hotel Amerika, and Los Angeles Review. He lives in NYC and teaches for CUNY and Gotham Writers Workshop.

Daddy by Michael Montlack
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