Part memoir, part history, Chelsea Boy, a debut collection of poems by Craig Moreau and published by Chelsea Station Editions, explores the author's transformation from small-town Iowa boy to big-city Chelsea Boy. Inspired by the famous Manhattan gayborhood and its vibrant nightlife, Moreau's poems reveal the pleasures and complexities of a resilient community.
"Craig Moreau’s Chelsea Boy is a true original, in many senses of the word. It's simultaneously a serious collection, and a book of poetry intended for readers who don’t usually read poetry at all. Moreau is a passionate, gifted poet, and with Chelsea Boy he enters terrain far too seldom poetically traversed."
"I never had the body or the stamina to be a Chelsea Boy. But Craig Moreau obviously has both ... and the rare lyrical talent to give voice to a shirts-off, drugs-kicked-in world of sex, sadness, beauty, and truths that are sometimes fabulous, sometimes shameless, sometimes still deadly. Here is a full parade of the wicked and the pretty, ghosts and the living, the self-absorbed and the quietly self-knowing—all dancing to Moreau's spare, honest and seductive music."