Saturday, February 20, 2010

Heart by 'Nathan Burgoine

The gift of love. I enjoyed the beat.

"Can we dance?" Miah asks, voice nearly a whisper now. I can see through him again.

We dance in the parking lot, and I close my eyes. He presses against my chest, and I spin him. We step and turn and rock back and forth gently, without music. He grows lighter in my arms, and for a while, my tears gather in his hair. I can even smell his soap.

My heart.

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Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane

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  1. My heart. 'Miah and Aiden still haunt me.

  2. Ahhh Indi, yes! I re-read Heart this morning again as I was posting this quote... haunting.

    Note, I couldn't refrain from making a comment. :)

  3. My initial read of Heart was in that van filled with outlaw relatives headed for Mtl. I ignored everyone and read. Since then I think I've read it a half dozen times. Heart is special to me for several reasons, of course the writing, characters and story go without saying, but it is also special because the story is set in Ottawa. 'Nathan doesn't spell it outright, but the reference to The (ByWard) Market (oldest part of Ottawa next to Parliament Hill, farmers market, shops, cafes, restaurants, etc.) give it away. We don't often get stories set in Ottawa so I appreciated it.

  4. Being familiar with the setting always adds such an intimate feeling when reading a story. It's probably that way for you with Heart. :)

    I've enjoyed Miah and Aiden's story and 'Nathan's writing. When I'm read it again, I'll keep the setting in mind...

  5. You two are good for the soul!


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