In recognition of December 1, World AIDS Day, we’ve gathered a group of poems by contemporary poets that address the AIDS epidemic through a personal and social lens. For more information on how to recognize and honor World AIDS Day, visit the awareness section of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

Poems for World AIDS Day

“Hospital Writing Workshop” by Rafael Campo
“R.I.P., My Love” by Tory Dent
“The Embrace” by Mark Doty
“The Man with Night Sweats” by Thom Gunn
“What the Living Do” by Marie Howe
“Drawing from Life” by Reginald Shepherd
"Great Art" by Tim Dlugos
"Heartbeats" by Melvin Dixon