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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What do read during the Pride month

Like I said before, this month I’m only talking about LGBT books!! So of course it’s natural I put together a reading list of some kind, specifically for the occasion. I have no doubt in my mind that I won’t read all those books this month. I’ll be lucky if I read like half! But it’s important to set goals for yourself, right? And anyway, the idea is that in June I will read books only from this list! We’ll see how that goes…

There’s also a little bit of everything on here, to keep things interesting. We have poetry, we have nonfiction, we have young adult contemporaries, fantasy, science-fiction, we have adult fiction… I tried to put some diversity here as well, so it’s not all just books by white American authors about m/m ships.

Some other points about the list before we actually start it:

  1. all the books listed here have lgbt leads
  2. all the books are written by lgbt authors
  3. (though they’re not always ownvoices for the specific rep)
  4. I haven’t read any of those books myself yet
  5. the books are in no particular order

Okay, I think we can do this now.

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