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Title: Some of my Best Friends: poetry by Tede Matthews,
Collection Identifier: GLC 100
Matthews, Tede, 1951-1993
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Poems written between 1974 and 1981 by gay poet and activist, Tede Matthews.
The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.
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for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Inscribed to Mark Weisman, 1981.
[Identification of item], "Some of My Best Friends: poetry by Tede Matthews" (GLC 100), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco
Donated by Mark Weisman, 2015.
Tede Matthews (1951–1993) was a poet and activist. He was a collective member of Modern Times bookstore and organized many
literary events around San Francisco. He is perhaps best known for his appearance in the 1977 documentary
Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives. His interests included AIDS activism, work in solidarity with anti-imperialist struggles in Central and South America, and
projects in support of the people's movement in Chile in the 1970s and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the 1980s. Tede died
of AIDS in 1993.
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Poems: Mercy & the Hot Rod (12/72); Cold on a Midnite Lamppost (1/74); Savannah; The Drought Affects the Family Trees (74);
Norma Rae (3/5/79); Sexual Terror(3/24/79); Pompeii, for Paul; Somewhere Is Rijeka (11/79); Some People (5/1/80); On the Death
of Somoza (10/80); Empty Sugar Bowl Blues (12/80); Survival Song (1/3/81); Queer Bashing (1/4/81); Green (1/19/81); The Sin
of Admission (1/15/81); The Last Plunge; Cursed.
Poems appear in original order.
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