In Human Men, Louis writes about the traumatic upbringing of his alcoholic father. As Louis discovered his queerness, there is a contradiction. How can you build relationships with men when the early examples of masculinity were so destructive?
Louis writes in the opening statement - ‘When I started interacting with men, when I started loving men, the feelings I had about growing up a bullied queer and having an abusive father were an open wound’.
The poetry in Human Men is divided into four parts as a confessional response to toxic masculinity throughout the author's life as he navigates hook up culture, dating apps and relationships. It is the author's first poetry collection.
Illustration by Caitlin McLoughlin
Book design and cover by Caitlin McLoughlin
Edited by Daunish Negargar
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