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"2020 combined with coronavirus"
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Winner of the 15th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Foreword by the judge, Edward Hirsch
Club Q is a book of mid-American yearning for both exceptionalism and belonging. Beginning as a coming-out narrative, the poems track the story of a gay boy growing up in Colorado Springs, under the spectres of the U.S. military, megachurch Christianity, and chain-restaurant capitalism. As the speaker ages, he examines his complicity in his isolation and struggles to define community on his own terms. Through formal invention, high- and low-culture references, and deep wordplay, Club Q invites the reader to inhabit the precise imprecision of our human situation.
Club Q is a startling book. It is cleverly conceived, formally deft, musically resourceful. It is also flamboyantly gay, the queerest of queer poetry books—it keeps finding closets to shred—and takes special pleasure in its literary outings and exposures, its urban scenes and outposts. I like the way it nods to Wallace Stevens and James Merrill, who claimed that he was ‘as American as lemon chiffon pie,’ and takes wordplay at its word, mining the language to see what it will yield … James Davis loves shimmering surfaces, linguistic games. But his virtuoso formal strategies only partly succeed in hiding the pain of a lonely, misunderstood childhood growing up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, dogged by malls and megachurches, shadowed by a U. S. Military base … In this book, we can trace some of the ways that a misfit kid who once sat in tears in silent protest grows up to become a gay man looking for a way to transcend his isolation and find community. He seeks a refuge. That’s why Q becomes a Club…. James Davis has a fresh voice and a witty, inclusive mission, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome this book into the world. I’m eager to invite you to a new democratic venue, which is now open: Club Q. — from Edward Hirsch’s foreword
Club Q is an elegant, unsparing book of inquiry, where ‘curiosity / is the recognition of ignorance / as a kind of sickness.’ One eyebrow cocked, queer as fuck, James Davis lays bare our various longings to connect, and the attendant absurdity: men in a hotel room who ‘shared a queen / and left no stain’; the internet that, ‘like water, / transmits the smell of blood in all directions.’ This droll and formally promiscuous poet lets ‘desire // italicize our somberest sentiments.’ It’s hard not to love this nerdy, sexy, vulnerable first book. — Randall Mann
Reading James Davis’ Club Q reminds me of slipping, long ago, into that mysterious Houston bar Marfreless (which literally possessed no address): once inside the utterly dark, soft ambiance, you felt your way through its space to settle onto the most forgiving of couches, down stiff drinks, luxuriate in the most animated and revealing of conversations. Club Q is one of the funniest and sharpest books of poems I’ve read in a long time. James Davis possesses a killer intellect, and his formal chops are bar none. — Cate Marvin
In this incredible debut, James Davis catalogs the excesses and deficits of American culture, from the schlock of millennial childhoods (Fruitopia! Alpha-Bits! Street Fighter II!) to the confounding terms of our present moment, in which ‘creative is a noun.’ These ingenious poems tackle sticky questions about family and class, and what it means to be ‘queer / in a military town where cadets / count out football scores in pushups.’ They also celebrate letters and words themselves—the sheer abundance of language and the worlds it makes possible. Club Q is funny and wise, and it blew me away. — Caki Wilkinson
Club Q ReOpens
JUNE 17, 2020
Are you ready for the new norm?
Change is coming, and being adaptable is more crucial now than ever before. Facing strict social distancing requirements, businesses are transitioning to reopen, and the question on this queen’s mind is, “What are drag shows going to be like?”
Club Q Colorado Springs owners Matthew Haynes and Nic Grzecka are celebrating this 2020 Pride season, and 17 years of success, by reopening their doors and bringing us all together. The LGBTQ safe haven is now a dine-in restaurant.
Implementing rigorous sanitation and safety measures, the popular “six-foot rule” sees tables spread across the once-familiar dance floor to now provide a safe distance from the other parties. The club has seen a total facelift; with new tabletops and recently refinished, gender-neutral bathrooms, the place looks almost unrecognizable! Additionally, the fierce bar staff are now a highly efficient wait staff and wear face masks at all times.
The Drag Dinner Theater performers were the only rivals of the incredible, all-new, dinner menu. Grzecka provides his own, unique recipes for a dynamic selection that includes the hand-breaded “Q Famous Crispy Chicken Sandwich,”which is what many are calling, the best chicken sandwich in the city.
Breathing new life into the entire entertainment industry, the Colorado Springs community welcomes back Club Q, no longer the night club it once was. Now, with limited seating available, and the return of our highly regarded Drag Brunch, I strongly recommend checking out Club Q’s Facebook page for links to reserve yourself a table!