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Praise for For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin

In For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, John Barton deftly etches a poetic and personal history of the homosexual impulse from ancient to contemporary times. In the tour de force opening poem, “The Pregnant Man” (from The Photographer), Barton elliptically and with playful humour suggests the clash between this unstoppable same-sex male erotic impulse and society, hinting at the homosexual male’s resistance to society’s conforming principle at the same time that society attempts to thwart or disavow the impulse’s existence.
--Gillian Harding-Russell, Prairie Fire Review of Books