Author: Michael Montlack
Publisher: NYQ Books (2020)
Michael Montlack's second collection of poems, Daddy, reminds us that many people in our lives are daddies to us in one way or another. With humbleness and respect, he pays homage to these many parents in his life while addressing his own role as an uncle and middle-aging gay man. Playful but poignant, his poems move from the personal to the political, from sorrowful to sexy to silly. Somehow in its darkest moments, Montlack's colorful cast—a dramatic twin sister, mysterious birth mother, aloof ex-boyfriend, even Stevie Nicks and Medusa—win your respect and maybe even your heart.