Starting the week with poetry: Black lesbian poets

I feel like this title is pretty self-explanatory, don’t you? I was just going to do a post about lesbian poets, period. But then I realised it’s still Black History Month. AND it’s Audre Lorde’s birthday today. The universe wants me to talk about poetry collection specifically by Black lesbians. And who am I to refuse…

Also, let’s be honest here, I will probably make another post about lesbian poets some day. There are just too many great voices that need recognition or that people need to be reminded of. So no promises that it will happen soon, but I’m gonna be back with more!

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Starting the week with poetry: Afterlife by Melissa Jennings

Well, this is awkward because I read quite a lot of poetry since my last post in this series – and most of it was Great!! Okay, listen…. I checked. It was actually twenty one (21) collections and chapbooks… I don’t think anyone is surprised by me not blogging about them, though. Anyway!! Let’s hope I will do better in the future and focus on why we’re here right now.

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Starting the week with poetry: inspired by Greek mythology

Probably not the best way to start this post but: I don’t really read that much poetry. At least not as much as I would like. Still, there are quite a few collections I’ve enjoyed immensely, so I thought I might make a series on that. (Most likely it won’t be actually a weekly thing, since I would run out of the things to rec too soon…) I’m also hoping this will motivate me to read more poetry tbh!

For this week I’m going with Greek mythology themed poetry books, since that’s what the last one I read (Sunblind by Ramona Meisel) was about & what’s one of my all time favourites (Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson) is about as well. They both focus on a gay relationship, too. Another thing they both share is the modern day setting, which makes them easier to connect to, but also somehow even more heartbreaking?

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