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Closet Sonnets
The Life of G. S. Crown (1950–2021)
Yakov Azriel




Sheep Meadow
2017 • 98 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - General Subjects / Middle Eastern Poetry

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-73-6



Golden unlocked closet

“Azriel writes with the kind of authority rarely found among modern poets, with strong echoes of Hayim Nachman Bialik, whose biblical poems have themselves become sacred texts.” —Howard Schwartz, author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism

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“Sexuality and love are partially understood mysteries. Sexuality is believed by the vast majority of competent psychiatrists to be genetic and normal. Abnormalities are caused by experience and mysteries of character. Many folks and holy books to the contrary, that normal love that is love should be criminalized is obviously a primitive, grotesque horror. An everyday writer or even a gossip could tell his or her story factually and it would be more than noise, moving. To tell the story and make uniquely beautiful poetry of it makes these sonnets necessary reading.”—Stanley Moss

“In Closet Sonnets, Yakov Azriel turns life as a closeted gay male into an aesthetic form as rigorous as that of the sonnets that make up this fictional autobiography: the speaker’s self-limitation becomes a means of imaginative and rhetorical intensification. Through a shifting weave of images and metaphors—mermen, ancient Greeks, Martians, dream-lovers and real men glimpsed through the bars of heterosexual marriage—Azriel’s character maps every inch of his psychic closet, and, like Dylan Thomas at the end of ‘Fern Hill,’ ‘sighs in his chains like the sea.’”—Joy Ladin



YAKOV AZRIEL was born in New York City, and has lived in Israel since 1971. He has published four full-length books of poetry and over 200 of his poems have been published in journals in the USA, the UK and Israel



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