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Under My Skin

This book asks a lot of questions, questions that demand answers: Why are young black gay men invisible in Canada's queer and black communities? Do their lives really matter? How do young black men deal with the daily challenges of dealing with multiple oppressions in relation to our race and gender? Is Canada truly a multicultural nation? Why are the brothers dying due to gun violence on the streets of Toronto?
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Orville Lloyd Douglas is a writer and social activist. His writing examines image versus reality of tolerance and multiculturalism in Canada from the perspective of a young, gay, black man. His poetry has been published in various literary journals and anthologies across Canada. His poetry has received critical acclaim from George Elliott Clarke, who described Douglas' first collection, You Don't Know Me (TSAR, 2005), as "bold and brash," and Ginsbergesque in "the same pell-mell rush of ideas and images that drives Howl." Douglas resides in Brampton, Ontario.


"Under My Skin is a raw and passionate exploration of desire, power and difference in the Canadian landscape. Douglas poetry is visceral and emotionally compelling. The work embodies a profound yearning for love, tenderness and ethical recognition." -- Sheila L Cavanagh, York University, Professor & author of "Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality & the Hygienic Imagination" "Orville Lloyd Douglas writing represents a generation. A generation raised in Canada and yet not of Canada in skin, temperament, literary canon, or political intelligibility. His work screams out from the page, filling in the glaring silences and casual censorship of Canadian racism. Refusing to succumb to the trite fetishism extended to racialized Canadians through official multiculturalist discourse, his work fiercely responds to a nations polite bigotry and inability to recognize black sexuality outside of cartoonish spectacle. Douglas work is not for the timid. With a lyrical courage that conjures up the ghosts of Essex Hemphill and June Jordan, the work speaks to the necessity of poetry as a refuge for those whose true home, and healing, might lie in the imagi/nation." -- Dr Tara Atluri, Faculty of Liberal Studies, Ontario College of Art & Design University; Researcher: Citizenship After Orientalism, Open University.

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