Billy Budd incarnates the vision of the beautiful sailor that became central to homosexual ideals in the twentieth century. Of these, Burroughs was the most radical. A Century of Gay Poetry. Buckley, J. Turner, William B. New Zealand has a vibrant gay culture and has produced some gay poets.
The number of openly gay writers today far exceeds the number in any earlier generation, but there is none who seems destined to inherit the mantle of Whitman or Stein.
Paglia, Camille. Beautiful Signor. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace.