With heartfelt honesty, Emanuel Xavier's fourth full-length poetry collection "Nefarious" welcomes the reader into the later second act of a former underage prostitute. This book captures insights into his private world; relationships, heartbreaks, life as a spoken word artist, time spent with his cat, aging. With a dose of dark humor, Xavier’s pleasure in the written word and his passion makes this an engaging collection.
Emanuel Xavier is the author of three poetry collections and a novel. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous literary publications. In 2010, The Equality Forum named him an LGBT History Month Icon.
"Emanuel Xavier's Nefarious is raw, brutal. And necessary. The harrowing and mesmerizing language in this book will cut you open, but it will also blow like a 'breeze against your skin.'" —Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning
"Towards the middle of Emanuel Xavier's stunning new collection he writes, 'My work is not so universal.' The specifics might not be universal, but the journey Xavier examines is very human: how do we accept our past and move forward? How do we find true connection in this frightening world? The poems are raw, honest, and electric, and I wouldn't want to live in a world without poems like these." —Stephen S. Mills, author of He Do The Gay Man In Different Voices
"Emanuel Xavier is a brave, generous writer. He bares his bones to his readers, inviting us into his world which often isn't pretty, yet is so startling beautiful it broke my heart — and then healed it. Though there is a lot of tough stuff here, the reader emerges full of hope, believing in life and love. This is no small feat. Time spent reading these poems is time well spent." —Lesléa Newman, author of October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard
"These poems are eloquent snapshots from a real life, full of emotion, fact, and surprise. Emanuel Xavier can take you from the brutal to the tender to the sexual to the religious in the blink of an eye--or from the prosy to the lyrical to the laugh-out-loud funny. His poems put you in touch with the whole man, his bone and gristle, heart and soul." —Christopher Bram, author of Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
"Brash, dark, funny-Emanuel Xavier is all these things, but more important, he is ruthlessly true, brutally kind, painfully relevant and terribly gifted." —Trebor Healey, author of A Horse Named Sorrow
"Xavier has, once again, crafted a fiery blend of truth and triumph, as elegiac as it is electrifying." Out In Print
A poem about the survival of love and overcoming heartbreak from the poetry book, "Nefarious" by Emanuel Xavier, filmed by David Iglesia. Poem by Emanuel Xavier- http://www.emanuelxavier.com/ Original Photography & Visuals by David Iglesia- http://davidiglesia.carbonmade.com/ "Nefarious" (Rebel Satori Press, 2013)- http://www.amazon.com/Nefarious-Emanuel-Xavier/dp/1608640949/ref=la_B001K7ZPFM_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392337367&sr=1-1 "MI CORAZÓN" Copyright 2013 by Emanuel Xavier I search for my soul in paintbrush strokes listen for my muse in Mr. Softee ice cream truck jingles smile at strangers on the subway for simple humanity This heart seems a novelty but it continues to love It makes children out of full-grown men withdraws the instinctive awareness of animals It beats enough passion to arouse poetry etching words that mean nothing yet everything Like drums and like songs with the conviction of dance Like rhythm flowing from bodies It continues to love It has outlived history like a vampire blood healed and stronger with time Beauty resounding from within Bathed in tears and sheltered from the bruises outside City noises drown the thumping sounds Threatened to be frozen by bitter cold but it beats to the tune of glimmering eyes as it unfolds to render a lonesome petal Concrete may not supply cushion Perverse lights may weaken the stars it craves Hatred may wage war and hindrance but it continues to love It reveals itself through a kiss The same which often hides it Often remembered and rather forgotten like skyscrapers offering great views but obstructing the sky An abandoned pier surrounded by polluted rivers It continues to love Walls torn down for a better view of the other side It continues to love Projects housing poverty and lifeless dreams elevators hauling empty designer pockets gateways to famine and drought It continues to love Into nights brightened by moon It continues to love Life as offered by family and friends It is the salvation and prayer for forgiveness It continues to love It continues to love