Every Good Boy Does Fine

Poetry and Prose

Narrated by Calvin Arsenia
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Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2021
Andrews McMeel Audio, Andrews McMeel Publishing

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“Glowing with warmth, vulnerability, and a heavy heart, Arsenia’s intimate reflections depict the past and present wrestling within the individual as he endeavors to chart his own course in the world.”—Atwood Magazine

Both a journey of individual healing and a call for action, these poems show that, with a little love and acceptance, anyone can flourish.

From one of Kansas City’s most exciting singers Calvin Arsenia, comes a debut book of poetry and prose Every Good Boy Does Fine. Named for the classic mnemonic used to teach the lines of the treble clef (EGBDF), his collection speaks to his passion as a musician and also his deep and tumultuous history in the Evangelical community.

Arsenia includes elements of queer poetry, writings on racial awakening, Christian de-conversion, and sexual awakenings in a homophobic community with the hopes that, when finished reading, readers will feel ready to start their own journey of self-expression through music and performance.

A profoundly thoughtful and enlightening work, Arsenia uses his lyrical talent to show that there is always somewhere to go no matter where you are coming from.
“Glowing with warmth, vulnerability, and a heavy heart, Arsenia’s intimate reflections depict the past and present wrestling within the individual as he endeavors to chart his own course in the...

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This was my first time listening to a poetry (and lyrical prose) audiobook, and I couldn’t have been more impressed by it! I have always thought that poetry was something highly visual, that as a reader I had to (visually) read poetry to fully grasp it. This audiobook proved just how wrong I was... I loved that the author was also the narrator of the audiobook. Because this is essentially a memoir that recounts of the author’s own experiences as a gay black man who grow up in a Christian household, the fact that the author was also the narrator just made everything so emotional. To me, it felt like only someone who had lived through those experiences could pour so much of their heart into reading those words. The beautiful musical pieces that accompany the narration just added so much to this collection, and to my experience as a reader listening to the audiobook. And let’s not even talk about the last few minutes of the audiobook... just beautiful!!! Thank you to @NetGalley, @ AndrewsMcMeel and @CalvinArsenia for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Every Good Boy Does Fine by: Calvin Arsenia Thank you, NetGalley & Andrews McMeel Audio, for allowing me to listen to this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.. I found these poems to be refreshingly different & beautiful in that the author (and MC, as it is written as a poetic autobiography) poured every fiber of his being into these beautiful words. There is So Much feeling in this book, and because it is also narrated By the author, we get to experience All the feelings right along with him. I am pleasantly surprised, to say the least, at how much I really did enjoy listening to @CalvinArsenia’s story. I requested this book by accident & I couldn’t be happier I did. Listening to Mr. Arsenia pour his heart into his words to tell of his trials, tribulations, failures & successes was quite a treat & I would Definitely recommend this book to everyone even remotely interested in the lgbtq+ genre. This man has been to hell & back again, more than once, as he followed the path toward acceptance of who he Truly Is, the man that he was Born To Be. #EveryGoodBoyDoesFine #NetGalley

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