LGBTQ* Poets and Paintings
Although They Are
Although they are
only breath, words
which I command
Sappho sings for Homer, 1824
Charles Nicolas Rafael Lafond (1774–1835)
Happy National Poetry Day — October 4th
(As recognized in the UK - http://www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk/)
Take a moment to read and reflect on your favorite or a new poem today.
Queer Poets & Love Poems
Selected by Billy Merrell
A list of gay and lesbian poets, along with a selection of queer love poems. Poetry
The Hug by Thom Gunn
Remember, Body … by C. P. Cavafy
Such Is the Sickness of Many a Good Thing by Robert Duncan
Love Incarnate by Frank Bidart
Untitled [You did say, need me less and I’ll want you more] by Marilyn Hacker
Lullaby by W. H. Auden
Little Lion Face by May Swenson
He would not stay for me, and who can wonder by A. E. Housman
Novel by Arthur Rimbaud
Paul’s Tattoo by Mark Doty
The Distant Moon by Rafael Campo
The Embrace by Mark Doty
LBGTQ* Spoken Word Artists You Should Know
Lacey Roop “Gender is a Universe”
While squatting down to take a piss I read
gender is a universe and we are all stars.
scribbled on the wall of a bathroom stall
I was so in awe by this that I went home and poured myself a flask
crawled on top the roof to ponder what I had read
I stared with amazement at the vastness of constellations just wonderin’ if God has become an angry drunk
because of the ignorance and intolerance he sees in us?
We like to stereotype, nitpick, criticize, and compare black and white,
judge each other because of hairstyles, and pant size
I guess that’s why everytime I go out at night I always get asked
Are you a dude or a dyke?
And all I wanna say is
Oh hi, dude bra’! Ummm, I don’t know, how ‘bout you ask your girlfriend since she was the one who went down on me last night.
But I refrain and say
Well, I’m a little bit of both and sometimes neither
Give him a hug then walk away while he stands there intrigued still trying to figure me out
and I’m not really offended as much as I am saddened by how it never occurred to this guy
that people’s sexual preference doesn’t diminish the fact that we are still human
It’s an atrocity to me that we still have to be reminded of this
Did you know that it took nearly 400 years after
the first American settlement before
the white man recognized that black people had souls?
And I wonder if it is going to take 400 more before people
quit telling me that they think it’s cute that I kiss girls
As if my lifestyle is some trendy fashion statement
gay ‘till graduation bullshit
I wish my mom would quit telling me
this is a stage I’m going through
and recognize that this is a skin her daughter has finally felt comfortable enough in for me to tell her about girlfriends
‘Cuz from 2nd grade ‘till I was a sophomore in college
I camouflaged my feelings because the state of Mississippi
has it written that love can only exist between a man and a woman
as if a state has the right to dictate who you choose to spend the rest of your life with
But on nights when I’m sleeping next to someone soft
I can’t help but wonder about the ones still struggling in my hometown like
Mikey who had to put a silencer over his heartbeat
because it thumped too loud whenever Andrew was in the room
he was afraid that Calvary would condemn him.
Or Irene who used to dye her hair bright blue to distract
people from staring in dismay at her and Shay’s interlocked fingers
As if homosexuality is a disease instead of just another form of loving
I just hope that when I go out tonight I won’t get asked
How do lesbians do it?
As if heterosexual missionary position is the only type of sex there is
because that would be fucking boring
I think I might just crawl on top my roof and get drunk with God again so he can hear me when I ask him to keep an eye out on
Irene and Mikey or anyone else who is being taught
to be ashamed of themselves for their feelings
because tonight I don’t wanna have to explain myself.
I’m tired of having to explain myself.
I don’t wanna be distinguished as gay, straight, lesbian,
queer, dude, or dyke
because gender really is a universe
and we need to accept that we are all but mere stars
a part of one great galaxy.