A queer love story in five acts, Dancehall follows the arc of a relationship from its earliest days to its final, somber conclusion.
In these 60 poems, you will join the speaker as they navigate the highs and the lows, the tranquility and the turbulence, the euphoria and the despair that comes with giving yourself fully to another.
Whether straight or queer, young or old, single or happily partnered, this book is for anyone who has ever loved or longed for another.
"Stobierski’s stunning imagery will have you enthralled again with the love poem."
— Pegi Deitz Shea, two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award and author of The Weight of Kindling
"A vivid portrayal of love, sex, and desire using natural imagery. Our verdict: Get it."
— Kirkus Reviews
Poet and Freelance Writer
Tim Stobierski writes about relationships. His work explores universal themes of love, lust, longing, and loss — presented through the lens of his own experiences as a queer man. His poetry has been published in a number of journals, including the Connecticut River Review, Midwest Quarterly, and Grey Sparrow. His latest book of poetry, Dancehall, was published by Antrim House Books in July 2023. His first chapbook of poetry, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, was published by River Otter Press in 2012.
"Stobierski is a poet of uncommon empathy."
— Darcie Dennigan, Madame X
A queer love story in five acts
"Erotic, sublime, funny, and sharp, Tim Stobierski writes poems the way tango-dancers cross the floor: His confidence, mastery of language, sexual energy, and essential vitality make it impossible to turn away. You’ll read, and you'll weep, or sigh, or laugh, or be swept off your feet by longing—grateful to be alive, but reminded of love’s price and desire’s debt. You’ll read Stobierski’s poems out loud and recite them at weddings, and you’ll remember them as you fall asleep."
—Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted