The Eroticism of Harrison Lemke’s “Song for St. Valentine”
Some counter-cultural attitudes are actually pretty widespread. An obvious example is an attitude towards Hallmark holidays like Valentine’s Day. Shirking the yoke of corporatized romance, chocolates in pink wrappers, and garish cards isn’t exactly an underground movement, whispered about at the margins of society. And Catholics have unique ways of being counter-cultural on this day; icons of St. Valentine get shared on Facebook, his martyrdom is remembered, or it’s emphasized that February 14 is actually the feast day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
But Harrison Lemke is counter-cultural in a more interesting way in his “Song for St. Valentine,” from his