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  1. AC Benus
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    With a degree in Fine Arts, and a long professional career in design, AC brings unflinching attention to detail to his writings and poetry. He strives for emotional realness in all circumstances, and excels at structure and dialogue. A love of history, philosophy, and the humanities informs his work, while having honed his craft from his adolescence has allowed him to delve into the workings of the human heart. He also has a wicked sense of humor.
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      • 2011 Poetry Anthology: Into the Unknown
      • 2012 Poetry Anthology: Cracks of Time
      • 2013 Poetry Anthology: Whispers in the Dark
      • 2014 Poetry Anthology: A Storm Is Coming
      • 2015 Poetry Anthology: Remember
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      • 2020 - Spring - The Storm
      • 2020 - Fall - Bridges
      • 2020 - Fall - Shadows
      • 2019 - Spring - Into the Stars
      • 2019 - Spring - Snapped
      • 2019 - Fall - Fall From Grace
      • 2019 - Fall - Raincheck
      • 2018 - Spring - Now or Never
      • 2018 - Spring - Encounters
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      • 2018 - Fall - Good Intentions
      • 2017 - Spring - Unintended Consequences & Jagged Edges
      • 2017 - Fall - The Fallout and Secret Spaces
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      • 2016 - Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten
      • 2016 - Winter - Rewind: Pre-2016 Themes
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      • 2008 - Spring - Living in the Shadows
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      • 2008 - Fall - Anniversary
      • 2008 - Winter - Ghosts
      • 2007 - Annual - The Road Not Taken
      • 2007 - Spring - Fairy Tales
      • 2007 - Summer - Ending and Beginnings
      • 2007 - Fall - The Rainy Day
      • 2007 - Winter - Worth Fighting For
      • 2006 - Winter - Blizzard
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      • 2006 - Spring - Day of Silence
      • 2004 - Winter - Christmas
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  1. a Glass Floor Underfoot 26. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 05/24/2022 (Updated: 11/28/2022)

    Genres: Poetry, General Fiction, Science Fiction
    Sub-genres: Free-Verse, Lyric, Rhyming, Blank Verse, Mixed Forms, Translation, Experimental, Dystopian
    • gay
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • 20th century
    • love

    A Selection of Robert Jentzsch Poems, Translated in English for the first time.

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    • 23 Chapters
    • 3,878 Words
    • 3,840 Views
    • 50 Comments
    • Teen
    • In Process
  2. The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Prose

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 08/04/2021 (Updated: 11/27/2022)

    Genres: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Creative Non-Fic, Historical Literary
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    A collection of prose pieces by others exploring the love that has always dared to speak its name.

    See here for the Great Mirror's companion collection of poetry

    • 76 Chapters
    • 179,286 Words
    • 42,614 Views
    • 222 Comments
    • Mature
    • In Process
  3. The Great Mirror of Same-Sex Love - Poetry

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 08/17/2021 (Updated: 11/19/2022)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Mixed Forms, Translation, Historical Literary
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    A collection of verse by other people to show we've always dared to speak our love's name.

    See here for the Great Mirror's companion collection of prose

    • 81 Chapters
    • 40,095 Words
    • 39,799 Views
    • 262 Comments
    • Mature
    • In Process
  4. Translation Trashbin 7. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 10/20/2017 (Updated: 11/17/2022)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Reference, Mixed Forms, Translation, Historical Literary
    • gay
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love
    • depression

    A receptacle for my attempts at translating other poets’ work.

    • 38 Chapters
    • 15,127 Words
    • 39,448 Views
    • 289 Comments
    • Teen
    • In Process
  5. rima fragmenta, Fragments of a Rift: Fifty Sonnets for Kevin 19. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 03/25/2022 (Updated: 10/02/2022)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Romance, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Sonnet, Autobiography, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Literary
    • gay
    • dark
    • light-hearted
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love

    No one ever said love couldn’t fall between the cracks. Two people meet by random chance online, and then in person. These fifty poems document the arc of a love affair from first contact to the budding of deep, mutual intimacy. However, one of them is not able to handle the feelings the other raises in him.

    • 26 Chapters
    • 5,760 Words
    • 7,797 Views
    • 78 Comments
    • Mature
    • Complete
  6. On the Grass

    By AC Benus, in 2022 - Anniversary. 09/08/2022 (Updated: 09/08/2022)

    Genres: General Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama
    • rural
    • coming of age
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • 20th century
    • love

    An itinerant photographer stops by the one town he’s avoided for the last twenty years. What is it he hopes to encounter there? What is this ‘one last thing’ he feels he has to do?

    • 1 Chapters
    • 9,880 Words
    • 1,773 Views
    • 56 Comments
    • Everyone
    • Complete
  7. Carême in Brighton — a mystery novel 1. Novels

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 04/06/2022 (Updated: 08/17/2022)

    Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Regency Romance, Historical Literary, Historical Mystery, Historical Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Espionage
    • suspense
    • celebrity
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • love
    • politics

    Times of environmental disaster, political upheaval and endless wars . . . . 1816 is relevant to the world we find ourselves navigating today. Antonin Carême, the world’s greatest celebrity chef — with his rockstar salary and good looks — heads to an open-ended engagement at the Prince Regent’s seaside home. What, though, are his true motivations for going? What about all the deaths and attempted killings unfolding at the Pavilion while he’s there? Who is this mysterious doctor who draws him into the investigations?

    • 21 Chapters
    • 105,157 Words
    • 19,627 Views
    • 462 Comments
    • Mature
    • Complete
  8. Audre Lorde Knows What I Mean – 2021 in review 18. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 01/06/2022 (Updated: 07/05/2022)

    Genres: Non-Fiction
    Sub-genres: Creative Non-Fic
    • dark
    • crime
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • politics
    • death
    • mental health

    Raw. These poems should be read by no one. A follow-up of Summer 2020 – Hell in a Handbasket

    If you see any errors in the text, please send me a private message here on GA.

    **Warning: Anger ahead**

    • 13 Chapters
    • 16,888 Words
    • 5,790 Views
    • 56 Comments
    • Mature
    • Complete
  9. Pride Month, and other Haibun 13. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Non-Fiction. 11/06/2021 (Updated: 09/01/2021)

    Genres: Poetry, Non-Fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama, Creative Non-Fic, Mixed Forms, Translation, Autobiography, Letter, Coming of Age, Contemporary Literary, Historical Literary
    • gay
    • coming of age
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • religion
    • love

    Pieces combining sections of prose and poetry

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    • 16 Chapters
    • 8,059 Words
    • 14,285 Views
    • 141 Comments
    • Teen
    • In Process
  10. Lorca's "Ode to Walt Whitman" 20. Verse

    By AC Benus, in Poetry. 06/25/2021 (Updated: 06/25/2021)

    Genres: Fantasy, Poetry, Comedy, Non-Fiction, General Fiction, Historical, Literary Fiction
    Sub-genres: Drama, General Fantasy, Reference, Creative Non-Fic, Free-Verse, Epic Poetry, Translation, Coming of Age, Tall Tale, Alternate, Contemporary Literary
    • north america
    • coming of age
    • coming out
    • philosophy
    • psychology
    • politics
    A great panoply of Pride, Federico García Lorca's Oda a Walt Whitman has never been properly translated into English. Here for the first time is the work in the spirit in which this tremendous Gay artist created it – a reclaiming of turf; a pronouncement that we have always been here, and are not going away; a celebration of our diversity. Coming from a man who was to be killed for his orientation 9 years after this poem's publication, nothing could be more impactful for the LGBT+ Community today.
    This poem celebrates Us through the auspices of not one great Gay poet, but two!
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    • 2 Chapters
    • 1,687 Words
    • 1,059 Views
    • 4 Comments
    • Teen
    • In Process
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