Although all writing is in some way about identity, one of the reasons I enjoy poetry so much is that identity is usually much closer to the surface. Whether the poetry is of the confessional type or not, reading a poem is reading the careful thought-process of the writer and is often about the poet viewing and navigating their world. I am what you might call “nebby,” so having access to such a beautiful and stylized form of writing that reveals so much is very attractive.
When it comes to a poet who identifies within the LGBTQIA community, the question of identity comes even more to the forefront. These identities are intensely personal but made inherently political, so the question of self intersects deeply with the world.
This selection of recent collections of poetry by LGBTQIA-identified poets bears this observation out. Reading the work of these poets can be affirming and tender, eye-opening, and sustaining – all the feelings that might come from getting to know a person better.
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Confessional poems of indigenous and trans life.
A finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, this anthology centers the voices of sex workers in all their complexity. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.
Brown’s collection of poems interrogate how evil intersects with the individual – their past and future – and how the individual intersects with the ideas of freedom, nation, and various identities. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
A mix of free verse and prose poems relate a journey of selfhood guided through many practices such as tarot, therapy, and friendship.