Homosexuality has been like a Zen riddle. The riddle was: How do I deal with my homosexuality? Do I accept it or reject it or freak out, or do I go into it and find out what it is? Another problem: Is it something public? Anything that common is public; anything that happens to us is as good or bad as anything else as a subject for poetry. It’s actual. So I can write naturally about my own homosexuality. The poems get misinterpreted as promotion of homosexuality. Actually, it’s more like promotion of frankness, about any subject. If you’re a foot fetishist, you write about feet; or if you’re a stock-market freak, you can write about the rising sales-curve erections in the Standard Oil chart. When a few people get frank about homosexuality in public, it breaks the ice; then anybody can be frank about anything. That’s socially useful.

FROM THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH ALLEN GINSBERG

It’s taken me so long to accept myself, even though I have always known I was gay. My greatest joy has been giving into homosexuality and released my true nature. It has been the best decision I ever made accepting myself for who and what I am. I am a homosexual man and just wish I had accepted it year’s ago.

Tyler

3 thoughts on “A Zen Riddle?

  1. It’s taken me so long to accept myself, even though I have always known I was gay. My greatest joy has been giving into homosexuality and released my true nature. It has been the best decision I ever made accepting myself for who and what I am. I am a homosexual man and just wish I had accepted it year’s ago.

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