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Desayuno en la cama | Book Review
(Egales editorial, Madrid, Barcelona, 2008)
By Charlie Vázquez

Madrid-based writer, poet and publisher Lawrence Schimel’s latest poetry collection
Desayuno en la cama (en español) dazzles the eyes, heart and spirit with themes of
love, desire, sex and infatuation. He is a true romantic—these poems are sensual,
honest and at times even adorable. They capture the contemporary queer man’s
longing for, what are often, opposing forces; companionship and freedom, simplicity
and adventure. At times his voice worries that others might hear him in the midst of
passionate sex; other times he dives into the carnal world of male sexuality with all the
enthusiasm of a lusting virgin.

This brand of magical poetry serves as a testament to the complexities we experience
as desiring queers and also serves as a crucial document of the rewards and
heartbreaks we reap, as men who live our lives as we so deem to. “I have sex with
other men,” he tells a man, “but breakfast in bed is ours alone”. Episodes of cyber-
infatuations and long-distance yearning ring all too dear and true. Schimel’s fearless
confessions of yearning for male beauty—the desire that marginalizes us—is the
poetry’s driving force, the wind in its sails, the man he
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explores with ever-thirsting lips. Desayuno en la cama is a bold foray into queer
Madrid noir and glows with the scent of love just made.  

To order:
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cama


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