Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South

Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South

by Jeff Mann

Intimate stories and insightful essays, from an Appalachian homomasculine perspective!

A much lauded essayist and poet, Jeff Mann writes of the passion and pain   of being a mature Southern gentleman who happens to be invested in many worlds: the hungers of gay Bear culture; the propensities of leather and bondage; the frustrations of academia; and the perspectives of an Appalachian who has travelled the world.

In Binding the God, his second collection of essays, Mann offers readers another tour of his insight and experience. This volume includes essays previously published in Arts & Letters, Second Person Queer, Callaloo, Now and Then, White Crane, Queer and Catholic, and other journals and anthologies.

Binding the God is the first original issue title by Mann from Bear Bones Books, the “hairy arm” imprint of GLBTQ publisher Lethe Press, which in 2008 reprinted his first acclaimed collection of essays, Edge: Travels of Appalachian Leather Bear.

Contents:     Beards, Body Hair, and Brawn     •     The Mountaineer Queer Ponders     His Risk-List      •    Valhalla in the Redwoods     •    Country Boys, Butch Queers, and Brokeback Mountain     •     “Till the Ductile Anchor Hold”      •     Here and Queer      •     Southern (LGBT) Living     •     Bondage Tape in Budapest      •      Unreconstructed Queer      •     Plantation Fantasies       •       How To Be a Country Leather Bear      •       Leather-Bear Appetites      •      715 Willey Street        •       Negative Capability in the Mountain South      •      Surviving Winter’s Woods      •      Loving Tim      •      Binding the God

Jeff Mann is an English professor at Virginia Tech, with two acclaimed books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine and On the Tongue; a volume of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear;  a novella, Devoured, in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire; a collection of memoir and poetry, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and a book of short fiction, A History of Barbed Wire, which received a Lambda Literary Award, to be reissued by Bear Bones Books.

Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South

by Jeff Mann

Bear Bones Books / Lethe Press, December 2010  •  Paperback: 234 pp., 8.4 x 5.5 inches

ISBN-10: 1-59021-219-3  •  ISBN-13: 978-1-59021-219-6  •   Price: $15.00 USD

Categories: Gay Men’s Nonfiction / GLBTQ Studies •  Distributed by: ASP, Baker & Taylor, Ingram

Also available in Amazon Kindle and other electronic-book formats

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