April 2nd, 2019
ISBN 1938584996 (ISBN13: 9781938584992)
Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousness―how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness.
Don't Call Us Dead
September 5th, 2017
ISBN 1555977855 (ISBN13: 9781555977856)
Fair warning up front: Don't Call Us Dead is a devastating poetry collection. But this book is as beautiful as it is painfully raw. Throughout the collection, Smith writes about race, queer identity, and AIDS, with an electrifying amount of passion and care, making this book a must-read for Pride Month.
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May I Say Nothing
October 1st, 1998
ISBN 185754384X (ISBN13: 9781857543841)
This is a collection of homo-erotic verse on both personal and broader social themes. In three parts, the book opens with formal poems about key figures in past gay culture; the second consists of 12-line poems progressing from desire, through consummation, to loss and the renewal of desire. The third part contains mainly longer, narrative poems in a variety of forms, exploring themes of masculinity and power, love and hatred, youth and ageing. The book integrates the author's celebrations of male physicality into a context of repression and violence.
Black Queer Hoe
September 4th, 2018
ISBN 1608469522 (ISBN13: 9781608469529)
Women’s sexuality is used as a weapon against them. In this stunning debut, Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power, in a world that refuses Black Queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries.
Walking with Ghosts: Poems
May 15th, 2005
ISBN 1844711137 (ISBN13: 9781844711130)
Written from a contemporary Cherokee, Queer and mixed-race experience, these poems confront a legacy of land-theft, genocide, and forced removal, and resist ongoing attacks on both Indigenous and Gay/ Lesbian/ Bisexual /Transgender communities. Tender, startling, confrontational and erotic, this book honors the dead and brings the survivors back home.
September 12th, 2017
ISBN 0143131702 (ISBN13: 9780143131700)
In this ---powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately, Madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it.
The New Testament
September 9th, 2014
In The New Testament, Jericho Brown continues his tender examination of race, masculinity, and sexuality. These poems bear witness to survival in the face of brutality, while also elegizing two brothers haunted by shame, two lovers hounded by death, and an America wounded by war and numbered by religion. Brown summons myth, fable, and fairytale not to merely revise the Bible—more so to write the kind of lyric poetry we find at the source of redemption—for the profane and for the sacred.
Does Your Mama Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories
January 1st, 1997
ISBN 0965665909 (ISBN13: 9780965665902)
By turns funny, passionate, angry and joyous, does your mama know? reflects the complexity of emotions that accompany a black lesbian’s coming out. These 49 short stories, poems, interviews and essays—fiction and nonfiction make up a powerful collection of original and new writing by 41 women. does your mama know? is ready to take its place in the halls of literary African American lesbian voices.
The Horizontal Poet
ISBN 0929730941 (ISBN13: 9780929730943)
First full-length poetry collection by Jan Steckel, author of two chapbooks, The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) and Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009). The Horizontal Poet won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Jan Steckel is a retired Harvard- and Yale-trained pediatrician, an activist for disability and bisexual rights, a poet, and a writer. Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review and elsewhere. She has won multiple national awards for her chapbooks and poems and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Hew Wolff.
December 20th, 2014
A remarkable debut collection. In these poems, Smith opens the reader to a world of desire, longing, and deep mourning that picks up where his brothers Hopkins and Whitman left off. Startling in their formal range and virtuosity, these poems interrogate the ways the body not only inhabits but actually becomes public and private space. Danez Smith is the crown prince of innovation and ferocity, a stunningly original voice that chooses not to recognize or respect those vexing artistic boundaries.
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991
October 1st, 1991
ISBN 0393030695 (ISBN13: 9780393030693)
The heart of Adrienne Rich's award-winning collection beats in its title sequence, 13 poems charting "An Atlas of the Difficult World." Like Atlas, who bears Earth on his shoulders, Rich bears--and wields--an enormous political consciousness. These poems find her struggling to say what is honest and true, resisting easy answers, having the ambition to risk everything; these are the energies for which her readers return.
February 9th, 2017
These harrowing poems make montage, make mirrors, make elegiac biopic, make "a dope ass trailer with a hundred black children/ smiling into the camera & the last shot is the wide mouth of a pistol." That's no spoiler alert, but rather, Smith's way saying & laying it beautifully bare. A way of desensitizing the reader from his own defenses each time this long, black movie repeats."
The Black Unicorn: Poems
October 31st, 1978
ISBN 0393312372 (ISBN13: 9780393312379)
Rich continues: "Refusing to be circumscribed by any simple identity, Audre Lorde writes as a Black woman, a mother, a daughter, a Lesbian, a feminist, a visionary; poems of elemental wildness and healing, nightmare and lucidity. Her rhythms and accents have the timelessness of a poetry which extends beyond white Western politics, beyond the anger and wisdom of Black America, beyond the North American earth, to Abomey and the Dahomeyan Amazons. These are poems nourished in an oral tradition, which also blaze and pulse on the page, beneath the reader's eye."
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color
January 1st, 2018
ISBN 1937658783 (ISBN13: 9781937658786)
In 2014, Christopher Soto and Lambda Literary Foundation founded the online journal Nepantla, with the mission to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community, including contributions as diverse in style and form, as the experiences of QTPOC in the United States. Now, Nepantla will appear for the first time in print as a survey of poetry by queer poets of color throughout U.S. history, including literary legends such as Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Ai, and Pat Parker alongside contemporaries such as Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Robin Coste Lewis, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Erika L. Sanchez, Jericho Brown, Carl Phillips, Tommy Pico, Eduardo C. Corral, Chen Chen, and more.
The Road Before Us
January 1st, 1991
October 1st, 2008
ISBN 1930974795 (ISBN13: 9781930974791)
Explores the points in our lives at which love and violence intersect. Drunk on its own rhythms and full of imaginative and often frightening imagery, the album playing in the background of the history and culture that surround African American/male identity and sexuality. Just as radio favorites like Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Pink Floyd characterize loss, loneliness, addiction, and denial with their voices, these poems' chorus of speakers transform moments of intimacy and humor into spontaneous music. In PLEASE, Jericho Brown sings the influence soul culture has on American life with the accuracy of the blues.
May 9th, 2017
ISBN 1941040632 (ISBN13: 978194104063
Nature Poem follows Teebs—a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet—who can’t bring himself to write a nature poem. For the reservation-born, urban-dwelling hipster, the exercise feels stereotypical, reductive, and boring. He hates nature. He prefers city lights to the night sky. He’d slap a tree across the face. He’d rather write a mountain of hashtag punchlines about death and give head in a pizza-parlor bathroom; he’d rather write odes to Aretha Franklin and Hole. While he’s adamant—bratty, even—about his distaste for the word “natural,” over the course of the book we see him confronting the assimilationist, historical, colonial-white ideas that collude NDN people with nature. The closer his people were identified with the “natural world,” he figures, the easier it was to mow them down like the underbrush.
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
October 1, 1991
ISBN 1555831745 (ISBN13: 9781555831745)
In this groundbreaking anthology, more than seventy women and men from all walks of life describe their lives as bisexuals in prose, poetry, art, and essays
Wanting in Arabic
January 1st, 2002
ISBN 1927494303 (ISBN13: 9781927494301)
"Wanting in Arabic" is a refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories. The author dwells on the contradictions of a transsexual poetics, in its attendant disfigurations of lyric, ghazal, l'ecriture feminine, and, in particular, her own sexed voice. Without a memory of her father's language, the questions her poems ask are those for a home known through photographs, for a language lost with childhood.
A Generous Spirit: Selected Works by Beth Brant
September 30th, 2019
ISBN 1771336854 (ISBN13: 9781771336857)
A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant collects the writing of Beth Brant, Mohawk lesbian poet, essayist, and activist. During her life, Brant's work gave voice to an often unacknowledged Two-Spirit identity, and today, her words represent continued strength, growth, and connection in the face of deep suffering. A Generous Spirit is Brant's portrait of survival and empathy at the intersection of Native American and lesbian experience. Edited by noted Native poet and scholar Janice Gould, A Generous Spirit recounts and enacts the continuance of her people and her sisters with distinct, organic voices and Brant's characteristic warmth.
January 21st, 2014
ISBN 1495261719 (ISBN13: 9781495261718)
Barefoot is a collection of stories and poems written about Elijah Walker's experiences while transitioning from female to male, from a Christian subculture to a wider perspective, and from loneliness to community.
REC*OG*NIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men
September 26th, 2014
A collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays and visual art produced by 61 cisgender and transgender bisexual, pansexual, polysexual and fluid men from the United States, Canada, Chile, India, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. This compelling anthology—which also includes a resource section—is a significant contribution to literature available about and by bisexual men and expands our understanding of how bisexuality is lived by men across race, class, gender, age and nationality.
Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-Eroticism and Modern Poetry
December 23rd, 1987
ISBN 0300047525 (ISBN13: 9780300047523)
Arguing that homosexual poetry is part of the mainstream of poetic writing—not a distinct and differentiated category within it—Gregory Woods provides a fastidious study of homosexual poetry in the twentieth century that emphasizes the homo-erotic themes in the works of D.H. Lawrence, Hart Crane, W.H. Auden, Allen Ginsberg, and Thom Gunn. Woods’s controlled and elegant study demonstrates that a critic who ignores the sexual orientation of a poet, particularly a love poet, risks overlooking the significance of the poetry itself.
April 2nd, 2019
ISBN 1556594860 (ISBN13: 9781556594861)
Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown’s poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we’ve become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery, and his invention of the duplex―a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues―testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.
Floating, Brilliant, Gone
April 15th, 2013
ISBN 1938912438 (ISBN13: 9781938912436)
Beginning at loss and ending in reflective elation, Floating, Brilliant, Gone moves steadily through the many complicated textures of identity, anxiety, and absence. Using a language that is as volatile as the world it tries to occupy, these poems read like lucid dreams that jolt awake at the most unexpected moments. Like a ghost speaking from the ruins of memory, Choi's electrifying debut is at once fiercely imaginative and eerily familiar.
A Place Called No Homeland
April 1st, 2017
ISBN 1551526794 (ISBN13: 9781551526799)
This extraordinary poetry collection journeys to the place where forgotten ancestors live and monstrous women roam and where the distinctions between body, land, and language are lost. In these fierce yet tender narrative poems, Thom draws from both memory and mythology to create new maps of gender, race, sexuality, and violence. Descended from the traditions of oral storytelling, spoken word, and queer punk, Thom's debut collection is evocative and unforgettable.
We Have the Melon
June 1st, 1992
ISBN 0856359661 (ISBN13: 9780856359668)
Layered with rich insight, this powerful collection of poetry provides an unidealistic stance on homosexuality that evokes the many landscapes of sensuality and desire.
February 9th, 2012
A stunning collection of poetry and photography. This collection speaks mainly of homosexuality and youth. Fantasy fills this collection with magic. These pieces are an emotional stew of melancholic prose, frivolity, sexuality, and love. Intoxicating and hypnotic this will bring you courage even if you are not gay. Adults and Children are all welcome into my imaginary castle built of words.
September 1st, 1988
ISBN 0889740151 (ISBN13: 9780889740150)
Passionate, vital poetry by acclaimed Native American writer and activist Chrystos addresses self-esteem and survival, the loving of women, and pride in her heritage.
Death by Sex Machine
September 7th, 2017
ISBN 1943977380 (ISBN13: 9781943977383)
In Death by Sex Machine fem-surrogate cyborgs of manga and film are used as a force "for understanding personal suppression of language," a series of poems made uncomfortable by both what is said and not said.
Under the Belly of The Beast: Chapbook
September 20th, 2019
Once upon a time, a group of writers queered the concept of beasts and beauties. Combining these creations into an anthology, each compelling piece ranges in topic and dismantles common tropes, villains and heroes in a world not too far off of our own. This collection of poetry, prose, and short fiction centers the voices of marginalized communities. From poems that detail a coming-of-age story from the perspective of a black (assigned) girl (at birth) & the beastly notions of black girlhood & sexuality she is forced to experience, to a fictional story about a beast named Mednick who lives out his life in a zoo, each author took the idea of a beast, and found queerness lurking in its definition.
Write from the Heart: Lesbian Healing from Heartache
March 1st, 1996
ISBN 0963166646 (ISBN13: 9780963166647)
An anthology of stories and poems on the subject of recovery from relationship loss, whether by break-up or death. The first and only book of its kind to approach lesbian relationship loss by those who know it best. Although there are books on how to survive loss, none specifically targets lesbians. Same-sex loss involves different social and legal issues, as illustrated by questions and answers from a mental health professional. Lammy Award finalist, 1992.
Sanctified: An Anthology of Poetry by LGBT Christians
July 15th, 2008
ISBN 1438247850 (ISBN13: 9781438247854)
Sanctified is the world’s first poetry anthology featuring works exclusively by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans Christians. “I am excited about this publication because LGBT Christians’ voices need to be heard not only in church meetings, city councils, and courtrooms, but also in the literary arena. I believe poetry is an intimate, very revealing form of writing, and that this anthology speaks deeply to the experience of queer Christians in our world,” says editor Justin Cannon. “Sanctified is a powerful, poignant and diverse collection of ideas, thoughts, and especially emotions emanating from each poet’s gentle, beautiful soul. These wonderfully crafted poems are a touching celebration of the Christian GLBT and Searching Community that reflect love, hope, dreams, and a deep, profound faith that inspires. Each poem is a spiritual gem that offers the reader a great deal to reflect on whether gay or straight.” Bishop Paul Peter Jesep
January 1, 2011
ISBN 0925904996 (ISBN13: 9780925904997)
Stealth, this reeling motet by poets Maureen Seaton & Sam Ace, feels like a Tarkovsky film, all of them strung together, about the end of the world, these poems continuously spilling themselves into other spaces ad infinitum. And giving us a tiny window on that. It feels like a shell-game. Friendship and language. Stealth is excited and joyous, while dying, dragging one’s tired ass through a desert, hallucinating. It feels like The Wasteland but the footnotes are fun. Stealth is more boy than girl. I don’t think Philip Marlowe, I think of Philip Whalen with a pilot’s silk scarf tied around his neck. Man or a girl’s doll. These multiples never get solved, only raised here. I think I mean that stealth is simply the past tense of steal or living finally with everything you stole—living well in a paradise of your own. — Eileen Myles