Bent but Not Broken by playwright and storyteller, Don Cummings, is a creative nonfiction memoir, a tale about the most energetic and important member in any man’s life: the attention seeking Penis. Richly detailed, informative and insightful, Bent tells the story of one man's relationship to his penis at a critical turning point in his life when he discovers he has a rod-crippling, but possibly curable disease, in that magic place between his legs. Though money may make the world go ‘round, it was penis energy that most likely set the sexy orb in motion. People never stop wanting to know more about the function and joy of this great symbol of fecundity and pleasure. Who doesn’t know someone who has a penis? Straight penises, gay penises, penises used for ill, penises used for generous purposes, not to mention the occasionally super-talented penis everyone admires for its verve and staying power.
Cummings, a former pre-medical student, writes openly and fearlessly about being attacked by the mummifying scarring illness, Peyronie’s Disease, as he moves from limp despair to raging hope on his journey to plump and revivify his ailing penis. Few books have been written about this painful and sexually limiting condition that affects 5% of the adult male population. Bent explores the sexually stressful struggle any person would have with his domestic partner, a man who is supportive but not always understanding, with one and a half feet out the door. A harrowing kidnapping by a handsome dark stranger, powerful sexual reminiscences of younger days—Penis as Madeleine—substance abuse and the ultimate prize, marriage, makes for a universal story of survival and love. Television and movie stars (Meryl Streep and friends) add to the cast of characters, sometimes trying to influence the future direction of the penis in question, and sometimes just wondering what the penis is all about. For the sake of everyone, it is a comedy with a damn happy ending.