Happy 2018: A Decade Blogging, Nostalgia, Troye Sivan, and LGBT Pop Culture

Hello, dear reader. It's been a while! I've been away from the blog for almost three months. After making my way through the holidays,  I spent the new year hibernating and writing.

I am currently juggling two big writing projects: a new poetry collection, as well as a prose-poem project. The latter has been a lot of fun--full of experimentation and excitement.

The poetry collection has been more of a challenge, in part because the news cycle in 2017 shifted what themes I wanted to explore in my follow-up to Men and Music. While I initially planned on writing another book about romance, I've decided to shift my focus to nostalgia. I'm playing with an interesting mix of new poems, and I am looking forward to seeing how this pans out--not to mention if I end up with a chapbook or full length collection. We'll see! I feel a very creative year ahead.

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February 2018 marks a decade of blogging at From Yes. I initially started this project to explore poetry and publishing. In 2008, I finished my last semester of undergrad, wrote lots of poems, and moved to the Midwest for graduate school--all while posting reviews and essays on this blog.

As time passed, I retooled the blog, and it has became an outlet to explore pop music and its intersection with poetry. I have also explored tangents like mystery novels, Angela Lansbury, and "feel good" popular culture. In 2011, I revamped From Yes and deleted the back catalog, marking a rebirth for this site.

So where do we go from here? In 2018, I plan to integrate more poetry with the pop music material. Like the poems I'm working on, I want this year's blog theme to be "Nostalgia"--recalling great popular culture of the past--especially the 90s--and discussing its relationship to the present. I also want to focus on queer art, including gay icons. More and more, I feel the importance of using art to extend LGBTQ visibility, and I want to blog to celebrate queer and queer-ally voices.

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More good news: 2018 already has a great gay love song. Troye Sivan's "My My My!" captures the excitement and gratitude of being in love, and the tune is full of sensual details, like: "Spark up. Buzz cut. I've got my tongue between your teeth / Go slow. Go fast. You like it just as much as me." What I like is the balance of the feminine and masculine in these lines--the joy of going hard and taking your time.

Sivan is open about his sexuality, taking up the mantle of other great gay pop singers--George Michael, Patrick Wolf, Elton, John, and Rufus Wainwright not least among them. It's interesting that Sivan does not play coy, and his transparency is key to his success. Is it a coincidence that the same year he is on the cusp of major pop break-through with his sophomore record, a gay romance, Call Me By Your Name, is collecting statues on the awards circuit? Probably not.

I think 2018 is going to be a great year for queer artists, and I'm looking forward to discussing them with you. Come back soon!


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