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LGBTQ Poetry

LGBTQ Poetry

Poems are meant to be shared aloud, so listen to some of our favorite queer poetry!

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The Tradition

By Jericho Brown
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 59 minutes

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. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes... Read more »

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Half-light - Abridged

Collected Poems 1965-2016

By Frank Bidart
Narrated by: Frank Bidart
Length: 2 hours 35 minutes

This program is read by the author.

WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

The collected works of one of contemporary poetry’s most original voices

Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature....

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Evolution

By Eileen Myles
Narrated by: Eileen Myles
Length: 2 hours 4 minutes

The first all-new collection of poems since 2011’s Snowflake/different streets―and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice―here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that...

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Allen Ginsberg Poetry Collection

By Allen Ginsberg
Narrated by: Allen Ginsberg
Length: 3 hours 53 minutes

A collection of poems by one of the greatest literary and cultural figures of the 20th century

Upon the release of his first published work, Howl and Other Poems, in 1956, Allen Ginsberg became the unlikely force of a movement that would change a generation. Literature, art, sex, love, family, politics; nothing would ever be the same. The Beat...

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Homie

Poems

By Danez Smith
Narrated by: Danez Smith
Length: 1 hours 32 minutes

Homie

“In their third collection, Danez Smith shakes to life the parts of people that have gone to sleep waiting for this time in the world to be over. Those emotions that raise up too much anger or grief — all of them are alive again and seen and spoken for with utmost care and a tremendously welcome sense of humor. Pick this book up and carry it with you everywhere. It can be like a video game heart for you, and who doesn’t need an extra heart?”

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Don't Call Us Dead

Poems

By Danez Smith
Narrated by: Danez Smith
Length: 1 hours 14 minutes

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry

Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection

Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place... Read more »

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At Blackwater Pond

Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver

By Mary Oliver
Narrated by: Mary Oliver
Length: 1 hours

Mary Oliver has published twenty-one volumes of poetry and six books of prose in the span of five decades, but she rarely performs her poetry in live readings. With At Blackwater Pond, Mary Oliver gives her audience what they've longed to hear: the poet's voice reading her own work. In this audio, she has recorded forty of her favorite poems,... Read more »

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Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across: Poems by Mary Lambert

By Mary Lambert
Narrated by: Mary Lambert
Length: 2 hours 34 minutes

Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across is read by Mary Lambert and includes original music exclusive to the audiobook.

Beautiful and brutally honest, Mary Lambert's poetry is a beacon to anyone who's ever been knocked down—and picked themselves up again. In verse that deals with sexual assault, mental illness, and body acceptance, Ms. Lambert emerges as...

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Nature Poem

By Tommy Pico
Narrated by: Tommy Pico
Length: 1 hours 19 minutes

A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can't bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.

Nature Poem follows Teebs—a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet—who can't bring himself to write a... Read more »

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If They Come for Us

Poems

By Fatimah Asghar
Narrated by: Fatimah Asghar
Length: 1 hours 22 minutes

If They Come for Us

“Raw, but not unpolished. Dripping with sadness and honey. Rage beyond anger, a lesson in history and violence. A comprehensible example of otherness in America for those who haven’t experienced it; for those who don’t know they’re perpetuating it. An honest portrayal of a life shaped by governments’ omissions, of the lies of the self and others, and of waking to the daylight, the promise held in sunshine, and in finding one’s own voice, own words, own way of telling one’s own story.”

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