About the Book
The gay community is no stranger to hate; the members of this group have encountered personal and political oppression far before the current political atmosphere, but the election has brought this prejudice and our fears to the surface. This work allows those not directly affected, to feel this crisis. The first five sections pair raw memories, collected from live journals, with original illustrations ranging in abstraction, while simultaneously navigating the process of coming of age as a homosexual. The final section documents hate speech from elected officials holding political office in 2017. The title, Heaven in a Wild Flower, comes from a line in William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence, a poem that describes the consequences for society when there is widespread mistreatment of people and nature. He speaks of seeing “Heaven in a wild flower,” or seeing beauty in something that traditionally is not. This book allows its viewers to see heaven in a wild flower, to see beauty and humility in the gay man.