GLBT Poetry

Photo Credit: Elod-Eye by Frédéric DupontIt has been said that we learn through our hands and fall in love through our eyes. I don't know if either is true, but I suspect both are. One thing I do know is that Eros is the most capricious of deities. We can't control who we're attracted to any more than we can control a sneeze.

What makes one desire another? No one knows, and from what I've seen, no one has anything close to a good guess. Pheromones? A particular resemblance to the favored parent? An allignment of stars or genes or personality traits? If love made sense, it would be just another human characteristic like wisdom teeth and the ability to laugh. We would never lose sleep over it, never long for it, never kill in defense of it, and never feel that cruelest of pains when we fear we have lost it.

As I Walked Out One Evening: Songs, Ballads, Lullabies, Limericks and Other Light Verse / W. H. Auden
Collected Poems
/ W. H. Auden
In The Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-1990
 / Frank BidartCover Art: Star Dust / Frank Bidart
Star Dust / Frank Bidart
The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 / Elizabeth Bishop
Collected Poems / C. P. Cavafy
Atlantis: Poems / Mark Doty
Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems / Mark Doty
My Alexandria: Poems / Mark Doty
Selected Poems / Thom Gunn
Selected Poems, 1965-1990 / Marilyn Hacker
Burnt Offerings / Timothy LiuCover Art: Burnt Offerings / Timothy Liu
Of Thee I Sing: Poems
/ Timothy Liu
The Black Unicorn: Poems / Audre Lorde
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems / William Meredith  
Divine Comedies: Poems / James Merrill
Collected Poems / James Merrill
10 Commandments / J. D. McClatchy
Hazmat / J. D. McClatchy
In Memory of my Feelings: A Selection of Poems / Frank O'Hara
Selected Poems / Frank O'Hara Cover Art: Speak Low / Carl Phillips
Speak Low / Carl Phillips
Tea / D. A. Powell
Lunch / D. A. Powell
Cocktails / D. A. Powell
Chronic / D. A. Powell
Some Are Drowning / Reginald Shepherd
Fata Morgana / Reginald Shepherd 
The Day Underneath the Day / C. Dale Young 
Anthologies:
Gay & Lesbian Poetry in our Time / edited by Carl Morse and Joan Larkin
The World in Us: Lesbian & Gay Poetry of the Next Wave / edited by Michael Lassell and Elena Georgiou



Photo Credit: Elod-Eye by Frédéric Dupont
 

Comments

Thanks for the awesome list

Thanks for the awesome list of GLBT poetry!  I plan on checking several of them out.

"You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecendented in the history of the world, but then you read." - James Baldwin

I am very glad you are going

I am very glad you are going to check some of the books out. My personal fave of the moment is Carl Phillips. Mark Doty has local connections. Elizabeth Bishop didn't write a lot but she never wrote a bad poem. Adrienne Rich is just flat out great.

Of course, there were jillions of folks I had to leave out because of space/time constraints and/or because I've linked to them before in different contexts.