Poetry. The poems in Riel's first book largely focus on gay identity and experience. One poem depicts an imaginary gay wedding. In another, the poet investigates the experience of growing up queer in a small town. The storm clouds of the AIDS epidemic appear in such poems as "House Guest with AIDS" and "Walking Underwater." In the latter, the widespread grief brought on by the disease is compared to the sorrow felt by the inhabitants of the four towns evacuated so that the enormous Quabbin Reservoir could be constructed in central Massachusetts. In "Field Trip Home," Riel portrays how he came to embrace his Franco-American identity.
Format: Paperback - 36 pages