An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1, Section 3– Saints and Self-Destruction 21 June 2917

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1, Section 3– Saints and Self-Destruction

A section of W.H. Auden’s letter to Harold Norse from the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series

I ask Norse about his drive to write poetry.

He feels like a man without category.

He is not from the élite and he is not entirely of the poor.

He is not working class but he is not rich.

Norse was 53 in 1969, the year of the Stonewall Riots.

He was 60 when he published Carnivorous Saint and became
the poetic voice of the gay liberation movement. [here ]

 

 

An interoffice memo left on the fridge one day.

 

Source:

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1, Section 3– Saints and Self-Destruction

 

Not so long ago my wife and I commented that the LGBT community had become divided in over classifying ourselves until we are become but splinters of humanity. We are human beings with every right to Be, yet it may take us many years to realize that we are part of a continuum in which so called straight and gl folk form the outliers of the continuum with the centre or average position filled by Bisexual folk. Likewise the spectrum of Gender is not an either or and kind of thing but another continuum in which some are both asexual and non gendered while others switch from one to the other as it suits. These may be referred to as Pan Gendered. ( Norrie May Welby; Norrie May-Welby – Pangendered) Norrie May-welby is an aquaintance of ours, as was the late Carmen Rupee, originally a Lay Girl and snake dancer then Transgender woman. carmen once was a member of our Community https://ccohsydney.wordpress.com/

The 60s and earlier were frightful times for the Rainbow Community, and but for the scientific and psychiatric understanding of the nature of the human, I might almost say” That was then, this is now”

But I cannot since bigotry is ingrained, cellular, molecular, someone must be there who I believe is anathema to make me feel valid!

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  1. I agree. What made Gay Liberation so powerful was that gay was anyone who didn’t fit the straight white male supremacist norm. If we want the power need to sacrifice the illusion that our oppression is somehow unique. The roots of oppression may differ but the result is always a life devalued.

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