Explore the rich tradition of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer poets and poetry by browsing our newly updated selection of poems & audio. For more essays, video, and ephemera, check out our Pride Month roundup



Featured Poems

Honestly,” by John Ashbery
we could send you out there …

The Armadillo” by Elizabeth Bishop
This is the time of year …

The Next Table” by C. P. Cavafy
He can’t be more than twenty-two …

"Wild Nights – Wild Nights!" by Emily Dickinson
Wild Nights – Wild Nights! / Were I with thee …

"An Untitled Sonnet" by Marilyn Hacker
You did say, need me less and I'll want you more …

The Talking Back of Miss Valentine Jones: Poem # one” by June Jordan
well I wanted to braid my hair …

"The Black Unicorn" by Audre Lorde
The black unicorn is greedy

Survival Guide” by Joy Ladin
No matter how old you are …

I Do” by Sjohnna McCray
Driving the highway from Atlanta to Phoenix …

"syntax" by Maureen N. McLane
and if / I were to say // I love you and / I do love you …

"Starlight" by William Meredith
Going abruptly into a starry night / It is ignorance we blink from …

My Lover Is a Woman” by Pat Parker
my lover is a woman …

"Abandonment Under the Walnut Tree" by D. A. Powell
Something seems to have gnawed that walnut leaf …

"The King is Dead, Long Live the King" by Julian Randall
Heaven is the certainty that you will be avenged

"Tonight No Poetry Will Serve" by Adrienne Rich
Saw you walking barefoot / taking a long look / at the new moon's eyelid …

"Antique" by Arthur Rimbaud, trans. John Ashbery
Graceful son of Pan! Around your forehead crowned / with small flowers and berries …

"Elegy in Joy" by Muriel Rukeyser
We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer …

Sharks’ Teeth” by Kay Ryan
Everything contains some … 

The Anactoria Poem” by Sappho
Some say thronging cavalry, some say foot soldiers …

Poem in Which the Writer Sees Himself in an Old Textbook, 1943” by sam sax
They cut off our hair …

Poem” by James Schuyler
The wind tears up the sun … 

Syntax” by Reginald Shepherd
Occasionally a god speaks to you …

C.R.E.A.M.” by Danez Smith
in the morning I think about money …

Orfeo” by Jack Spicer
Sharp as an arrow Orpheus … 

"Blue" by May Swenson
Blue, but you are Rose, too, / and buttermilk …

Self-Portrait as Exit Wounds” by Ocean Vuong
Instead, let it be the echo to every footstep …

The Son I’ll Never Have” by Mark Wunderlich
The son I’ll never have is crossing the lawn …



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Featured Audio

At the End of Hell” by Jericho Brown
So what if I love him …

Book of Statues” by Richie Hofmann
Because I am a boy, the untouchability of beauty … 

A Song for Many Movements” by Audre Lorde
Nobody wanted to die on the way … 

"The Black Unicorn" by Audre Lorde
The black unicorn is greedy

To a Butterfly” by James Merrill
Already in midsummer … 

Joan” by Eileen Myles
Today, May 30th, Joan …

Queer Love Letters & Videos

Poets on Poets featuring Cyrus Cassells, Eduardo C. CorralMichael KleinJoan Larkin, and Carl Phillips.

Meg Day Reads "Elegy in Translation"
Forgive me my deafness now for your name on others' lips: …

Walt Whitman's Letter to Peter Doyle
Dear comrade, I think of you very often. My love for you is indestructible … 

Allen Ginsberg Sings "A Western Ballad" on the roof his apartment in the East Village.

Emily Dickinson's Letter to Susan Huntington Dickinson
Sue - I have lived by this. It is the lingering emblem of the Heaven I once dreamed, and though if this is taken, I shall remain alone...there is a darker spirit will not disown its child …

Frank O'Hara Reads "Having a Coke with You"
is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne ...

Video: Kay Ryan, the first out lesbian U.S. Poet Laureate, reads a poem and describes an surprise experience that occurred while reading the funnies in bed with her partner, Carol.

Gertrude Stein's Two Love Notes to Alice B. Toklas
Dear dainty delicious darling, dear / sweet selected [enemifier?] of my soul …

TC Tolbert Reads "Dear Melissa:"
I wish you (my mother once told me—mother of my child- …

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