Over the past month I’ve recommended a whole bunch of books, the one thing, one genre that was missing was poetry. Over the past two years I’ve started to read more and more poetery oboks. I love how incredibly personal they are, it doesn’t contain a made up character, but is a direct reflection of the authors mind, their feelings. There’s something really scary about reading poetry aswell, I’m not good with feelings, but somehow this works for me and I’ve often thought back to specific poems during tough times.
But since it’s still Pride Month, I’ll be recommending some amazing queer poetry books! Hopefully you will all love them as much as I do.
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.
Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.
A poetry collection about the mythic life of Artemis, Greek Goddess of the hunt. Told through the perspective of Artemis herself with the contributions of a few other Greek Goddesses. This collection reimagines and follows Artemis navigating her lifelong vow of chastity and, rather than suffering through it, owning it as a facet of her aromanticism and asexuality. Immerse yourself in a cultivated tempest of poems illustrating Artemis as a warrior, whose shoulders have known an excessive weight of responsibility, and who always fights to remain her authentic self among people who would change her.
the wolf & her moon is a poetry book about the vulnerable experience of living as a survivor. I was raised by a wolf hybrid who was more of a parent to me than my own parents, due to alcoholism and drugs. My poetry books encapsulates what it’s like to struggle with unhealthy coping, emotions, toxic thoughts, depression, anxiety, trauma, and being a member of the lgbt community. But I also take you on the journey of healing, how difficult it is to unlearn automatic unhealthy behaviors and thoughts, inspiring you to adventure on your own path of healing and hope. Many of my poems in chapters comprise skills and lessons I learned in therapy which helped me heal. My book is more than just a poetry book, it’s an experience, a care package, to help all those in the darkness find the moonlight.
Tell me, Atlas. What is heavier: the world or its people’s hearts?
In her debut poetry collection, Darshana Suresh explores what it means to be alive, and how hurting and healing can often be overwhelmingly intertwined.
She does not write about recovery. Instead, she writes about carrying on until you are ready to recover.
Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. A fat positive activist, Wiley’s work soars and challenges the bounds of bodies and hearts, and the ways we carry them.
There are obviously many many more queer poetry collections, but these were a few I wanted to highlight. If you’ve ever read poetry before, is there a specific theme you look for? Or do you just read something that sounds good and looks good (let’s be fair, cover lust is real). Let me know down below!