(A Memoir)
By Richard Balthazar

from Gustave Dore

Adaptation of a Gustave Dore illustration from “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

In the fall of 1964 I forsook the wild gay life in New Orleans’ French Quarter and sailed my faerie ship off to Seattle.

On that straight planet Abstinentia, I struggled desperately to find gay romance but by the next spring had fallen from faerie grace.  Soon a married man, by the following spring I became a father.  It’s the tale of a totally out gay man who finally crawls, albeit kicking and screaming, into the closet.

The version of this memoir posted in 2015 is in process of revision this year and will be posted again soon.