In “Cutlish,” Rajiv Mohabir creates a form migrated from Caribbean chutney music in order to verse the precarity of a queer Indo-Caribbean speaker in the newest context of the United States.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh engages all of our communities in literacy and learning. Check out the titles below for contemporary poetry of LGBTQIA+ individuals and ask your local librarian for more.
These poems gradually increase in scope, beginning with the intimacy of the narrator’s bedroom and expanding until Woo writes about the nature of reality itself.
From boybands that show the way to become “the kind of girl a girl could love” to “rich flavours that are just a few generations of poverty away,” these poems about Hong Kong emigrants’ experiences in Canada invite the reader to meditate on spirituality, food, and the shapes love takes.
Bi/queer poet Nicky Beer looks at the concept of illusion in this collection of incisive poems. Using pop culture reference points that range from Dolly Parton to Batman, Beer is seeking the truth, wherever that may lie. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.
Through poems about “Now,” the narrator’s failing marriage, and “Then,” the narrator’s abuse at the hands of her father, Kelly grapples with trauma and desire in mythological yet personal terms.
Tender, empathetic, and raw, these queer, political, and feminist poems encourage the reader to feel welcomed and loved.