Best Gay & Lesbian Poetry Books

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1. Pillow Thoughts

Author: by Courtney Peppernell
English
272 pages
1449489753

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Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel. Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.


2. Coming Home to Her: Poems about love, sexuality, and being human

Author: by Emily Juniper
English
127 pages
1697643655

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Coming Home to Her is a celebration of being human. It is a coming out journey, an exploration of sexuality, femininity, loving, and being loved. “This book reads as much about a love letter to a person as it does about being a love letter to life.

I can’t wait to share with people. The words and concepts are beautiful.” “This book made me feel at home in my own skin. These poems are beautifully written, mostly longer pieces, and a much needed break from typical instapoetry


3. I Was Never Broken

Author: by Sara Sheehan
English
205 pages
1719105081

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My open journal on how I found growth through heart break, burdens, and self-love.


4. Postcolonial Love Poem

Author: by Natalie Diaz
Graywolf (March 3, 2020)
English
120 pages

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WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRYFINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRYNatalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book AwardPostcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure.

Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pagesbodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and loversbe touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: Let me call my anxiety, desire, then.

/ Let me call it, a garden. In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dunefields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.


5. I Was Never Broken: Volume 2

Author: by Sara Sheehan
B0979PN6QC
English
226 pages

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My open journal on how I found growth through heart break, burdens, and self-love. This is volume two, which takes you down the heartache first until you reach the healing. The complete story even though I’m forever evolving.


6. Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Author: by Ocean Vuong

Copper Canyon Press
English
70 pages

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WINNER of the 2017 T.S. Eliot PrizeA New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016″There is a powerful emotional undertow to these poems that springs from Mr. Vuong’s sincerity and candor, and from his ability to capture specific moments in time with both photographic clarity and a sense of the evanescence of all earthly things.”-Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesLibrary Journal 2016 Best Books of the Year WINNER, 2016 Whiting AwardWINNER, 2017 Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn AwardFINALIST, 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery AwardFINALIST, 2017 Lambda Literary Award In his haunting and fearless debut, Ocean Vuong walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences, creating an interrogation of the American body as a borderless space of both failure and triumph.

At once vulnerable and redemptive, dreamlike and visceral, compassionate and unforgiving, these poems seek a myriad existence without forgetting the prerequisite of self-preservation in a world bent on extinguishing its othered voices. Vuong’s poems show, through breath, cadence, and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the most necessary of hungers.


7. Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets)

Author: by Richard Siken
Yale University Press
English
80 pages

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The 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets competition: a powerful, confessional, erotic collection Finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry “Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism with a cinematic brilliance and urgency that makes this one of the best books of contemporary poetry.”Victoria Chang, Huffington Post Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love.

Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken’s voice is striking. In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Glck hails the cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness of Siken’s poems.

She notes, Books of this kind dream big…. They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.


8. Black Girl, Call Home

Author: by Jasmine Mans
Berkley (March 9, 2021)
English
256 pages

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A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Oprah Magazine Time Vogue Vulture Essence Elle Cosmopolitan Real Simple Marie Claire Refinery 29 Shondaland Pop Sugar Bustle Reader’s Digest Nothing short of sublime, and the territory [Mans’] explores… Couldn’t be more necessary. VogueFrom spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity.

With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herselfand ushome. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and Americaand the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.

Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.


9. Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart

Author: by Courtney Peppernell
Andrews McMeel Publishing
English
224 pages

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Following the smash success of her best-selling book, Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell now returns with the follow-up sequel Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart. Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration.

A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.

10. Aphrodite Made Me Do It

Author: by Trista Mateer
Central Avenue Publishing
English
192 pages

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Voted one of the best poetry collections of 2019 by readers on Goodreads! Bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award winning poet Trista Mateer takes a magical approach to self-care with her new collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It. In this empowering and feminist retelling, Mateer transforms the mythology of the goddess into 224 pages of modern poetry and full-color artwork.

Broken into sections alternating between the perspective of The Poet and Aphrodite herself, the work within tackles the timeless topic of love-romantic, platonic, and self-love.”In Troy they fought over Helen like children but Achilles mourned Patroclus the way a soul mourns a body.”The collection addresses issues like heartbreak, sexuality, womanhood, trauma, and the restorative power in taking control of your own lore, speaking your truths, and rewriting your origin story.

“If you were only made to be beautiful, we wouldn’t have put you down here in the dirt.”Similar to the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace and You’ll Come Back to Yourself by Michaela Angemeer, this collection of short powerful poems from Instagram and TikTok poet Trista Mateer will have you believing in the possibility of your own healing.

11. MoonSoulChild: The Journey Through My Heart

Author: by Sara Sheehan
English
274 pages
1986600157

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Moonsoulchild: The Journey Through My Heart is all about exactly that. Finding self-love through toxic relationships, friendships, and learning how to create love within yourself. Each page will have you wanting to read more.

12. Film for Her

Author: by Orion Carloto
English
192 pages
1524853771

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With both pen and camera lens, Orion Carloto captures the dreamlike beauty of memory. Film for Her is a story book of people, places, and memories captured on film. Through photographs, poetry, prose, and a short story, Orion Carloto invites readers to remember the forgotten and reach into the past, find comfort in the present, and make sense of the intangible future.

Film photography isn’t just eye candy; it’s timeless and romanticthe ideal complement to Carloto’s writing. In Film for Her, much like a visual diary, word and image are intertwined in a book perfect for both gift and self-purchase.

13. The Tradition

Author: by Jericho Brown
Copper Canyon Press
English
110 pages

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WINNER OF THE 2020 PULITZER PRIZE FOR POETRY Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award “100 Notable Books of the Year,” The New York Times Book Review One Book, One Philadelphia Citywide Reading Program Selection, 2021 “By some literary magicno, it’s precision, and honestyBrown manages to bestow upon even the most public of subjects the most intimate and personal stakes.”Craig Morgan Teicher, ‘I Reject Walls’: A 2019 Poetry Preview for NPR A relentless dismantling of identity, a difficult jewel of a poem.

Rita Dove, in her introduction to Jericho Brown’s Dark (featured in the New York Times Magazine in January 2019) Winner of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Brown’s hard-won lyricism finds fire (and idyll) in the intersection of politics and love for queer Black men.

O, The Oprah Magazine Named a Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2019 One of Buzzfeed’s 66 Books Coming in 2019 You’ll Want to Keep Your Eyes On The Rumpus poetry pick for What to Read When 2019 is Just Around the Corner One of BookRiot’s 50 Must-Read Poetry Collections of 2019 Jericho Brown’s daring new book The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal.

14. Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind

Author: by Courtney Peppernell
Andrews McMeel Publishing
English
224 pages

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In a voice that is inclusive and open to all, Courtney Peppernell presents a tribute to her readers in the third installment of her bestselling Pillow Thoughts series. A beautifully raw and poignant collection of poetry and prose, Pillow Thoughts III continues the series from poet Courtney Peppernell.

Fix yourself a warm drink and settle into Peppernell’s words as she pens a tribute to her readers who are bravely continuing their journey from hurt to healing.

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She Believed She Could So She Did

Author: by Rogena Mitchell-Jones
English
100 pages
1514122103

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AMAZON BESTSELLER!For 2016 (1/12/16) Brand NEW Interior DesignMore Lines Per Page and a Crisp New Design. And a Back Cover FaceliftMore Professional Look. “This is how I felt about becoming an editor as my career choice. After over 25 years in the newspaper industry, I Believed I Could So I Did.

Maybe YOU should believe in yourself, too.” RogenaEveryone loves a journal. Keep one with you always for when your characters begin to talk to you.Quality paper.Convenient size. 7×10 Book / Matte Cover / 100 Lined Pages

16. Lucid Dreams for Midnight Beings: A Collection of Poetry

Author: by Johnny Valera Jr
B09918X1RW
English
117 pages

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Defying the convention, Johnny Valera’s debut poetry collection serves as the culmination of six years of writings guiding the reader in an exploration of the topics of, love, grief and loss, body-image, the queer Latinx experience, and ultimately self-love. This is a wine-drinking in your underwear, snack eating, no shame feeling type of read.

Find a comfortable spot to nestle in and embark on a one of a kind journey in Lucid Dreams for Midnight Beings.