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Book details
  • SubGenre:Marriage
  • Language:English
  • Pages:66
  • eBook ISBN:9781623092580

Bliss: A Marriage Proposal

For Charles Stephen Hughes

by Philip D. Luing View author's profile page

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A candid and romantic collection of poetry, prose and paintings which culminates in a marriage proposal from one man to another -- private in nature, but made public here for all to read because the personal is still political.
This book is written as a marriage proposal to Charles Stephen Hughes, my loving companion for going on fourteen years now. I want him to be my husband, and I want to be his husband. I’m inviting the public to read this proposal because I want my declaration of love for this man to be entered into the realm of public knowledge, to be on the record, to be a publication. You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve asked him this question. His answer has always been that he’ll answer the question when the outcome can be legally recognized as a marriage. And not a marriage “equivalent”; he wants the full force of history behind the word for our relationship. He wants a marriage, and so do I. Hence, this book. My hope is that by making a public declaration of what I believe a marriage would mean to us as a couple I will accomplish two ends. First and foremost, of course, I hope and trust that Charles Stephen will find me and my vision for our life together worthy of a marriage commitment. At the same time, I hope that others who read these words will understand that commitment to be worthy of the word marriage. These are words I’ve written to Charles Stephen over the nearly fourteen years that we’ve known each other. I offer them to him, to you and to the world as evidence that we, along with all same-sex couples who wish to commit their lives to each other, are meant and deserve to be together in a state of lawfully wedded bliss.
About the author
Philip D. Luing began writing short stories during the grammar school years of his childhood, which was spent in rural, northern Minnesota. He was the editor of both his high school yearbook and student newspaper. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he earned a B.A. with a double major in Philosophy and Theater. While in college he served as the news editor and editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. In college he discovered a talent for drawing and, at the invitation of the Art faculty, presented a senior thesis show. He has remained active as a visual artist ever since, concentrating on expressionistic abstract and figurative drawing and painting. These styles of visual art have often shown up in his creative writing as well. After college he moved to Chicago, Illinois and joined the NewTown Writers, a writing group. He was an active member of the group for over twenty years and served as an editor or contributor for ten volumes of their bi-annual journal, Off The Rocks. His cantata for synchronized speaking voices, “Elements of Love”, was produced by NewTown Writers in 1992 and was named one of the best theater events of the year by a critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper. In June, 2000 he earned a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College of Chicago. For his thesis project he presented an exhibition of his drawings, a video, a performance, and a set of handbound books containing the collection of his writings for his previous domestic companion, Jeff Lalonde, who had died from AIDS in 1994. That collections of writings, entitled "From Particles and Disputations : Writings for Jeff, a book of hours", was released as an e-book on February 14, 2012. Since their first meeting in 1998 Philip has been writing poetry and prose for his current domestic companion, singer/songwriter Charles Stephen Hughes, with whom he collaborates on writing lyrics, collecting art and maintaining their home in Chicago.
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