last rights

by Marvin K. White

The poems collected in last rights portray caring, humanness, family or kinship, humor, despair, ordinary problems and unqualified love as they occur in the everyday lives of homosexuals. With the quiet dignity of these poems Marvin K. White challenges us to consider how homophobia may distort what we behold. —The Washington Post 



Marvin K. White

Marvin K. White is the author of four collections of poetry, Our Name Be Witness, Status, last rights (finalist for Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award) and nothin’ ugly fly (finalist for Lambda Literary Award). White is a poet, performer, playwright, visual artist, community arts organizer and seminarian. His poetry has been anthologized in The Road Before Us: 100 Black Gay Poets; My Brother’s Keeper; Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians: New Gay Writing; Things Shaped in Passing; Sojourner: Writing in the Age of AIDS; Bum Rush the Page; Role Call; and Think Again, as well as other local and national publications. He is the co-editor of If We Have to Take Tomorrow: HIV, Black Men & Same-Sex Desire. His poetry has been adapted for stage at San Francisco’s Theater Rhinoceros, and he has performed his own work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a part of their 2014 BAN7 Festival. As a former member of the critically acclaimed theater troupe Pomo Afro Homos he has performed nationally and internationally. White holds a fellowship in the national African-American poetry organization, Cave Canem; and is a former member of the board of Fire & Ink, a national black LGBT writer’s organization. Marvin K. White recently earned a Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. White is the editor of the forthcoming anthology from Justice Matters Press, Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Black Voices on Activism, Resistance, and Love.

[Photo © 2011 by Duane Cramer.]

138 pp. 

© 2004 by Marvin K. White
Cover art: “Bread of Heaven” © 2001 by Michael Ross
Cover design: E.M. Corbin

ISBN-10: 0-9656659-4-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-9656659-4-0


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