Thom Mullens mentor Dr. Yvonne Ward writes What is a poet? A poet is someone who takes the raw material of his life and makes something new and beautiful with it. What is ugly becomes beautiful. A poet takes his disappointments, fears, trauma, loneliness, and joy and creates something with words that stirs the human soul. A poet takes what his life is made of and creates an artistic form such as an artist paints her soul onto the canvas. Thom Mullens poems are about current events, heroic veterans and firefighters, love, alcoholism, and his joyful life now.
More than 600 pictures ? portraits and pornography, postcards and cuttings and snapshots from private albums ? go to make up one man's personal and highly idiosyncratic view of gay history since the invention of the camera. Gay people, their friends, lovers, idols and enemies in all their glory, divas, bodybuilders and drag queens, heroes and villains, from Marie Lloyd to Madonna, Sandow to Schwarzenegger, Boulton to Savage, Labouchere to Mary Whitehouse. And alongside the famous and infamous, are the images of ?ordinary? gay men taken at moments that only friends and lovers would bother to record.