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"Some of My Best Friends: poetry by Tede Matthews," [1981] GLC 100
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  • Title: Some of my Best Friends: poetry by Tede Matthews,
    Date: [1981]
    Collection Identifier: GLC 100
    Creator: Matthews, Tede, 1951-1993
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4400
    Abstract: Poems written between 1974 and 1981 by gay poet and activist, Tede Matthews.
    Physical Location: 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.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    General note

    Inscribed to Mark Weisman, 1981.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], "Some of My Best Friends: poetry by Tede Matthews" (GLC 100), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Mark Weisman, 2015.

    Biographical note

    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.

    Scope and Contents

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay poets