The poems of Cody-Rose Clevidence are shot through with a sense of nature’s vitality and with the possibility that the numinous, even the divine, may inhere in that nature.
This Anthology of Trans Poetics Channels a Spirit of Dissent
We Want It All positions poetry as an everyday weapon, formidable against the cruel mundane.
Abstract Poetry and the Language of Life
What’s most remarkable about Carlos Lara’s Like Bismuth When I Enter is the palpable sense that the author is translating life into language.
An Evolution of Style in Three Poets
I love discovering new voices, but there’s much to be said for following poets over the course of their careers, watching their styles evolve, their attentions shift.
A Trans Activist’s Memoir Is a Monumental Contribution to Queer History
Lou Sullivan’s diaries, spanning 1961 to 1991, might be one of the most valuable affirmations one can read on the trans masculine experience to date.
The Poetry of Psychoanalysis
Jasmine Gibson’s training as a psychoanalyst seems to permeate the organization of her poems’ imagery.
A New Anthology Amplifies the Voices of Queer Poets of Color
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color features works by literary legends like Audre Lorde and James Baldwin alongside contemporaries like Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, and Danez Smith.
Revolutionizing the Erotics of Writing
For a writer whose life was so enmeshed with the experiences of being seen and talked about, Acker never truly established a fixed identity outside of language.
The Physics of Race, History, and Everyday Life
Samiya Bashir’s poems attempt to describe with scientific precision the position of the black body in American culture.
When “Queer” Art Becomes Commonplace
In The Estrangement Principle, author Ariel Goldberg warns against the dangers of overusing the word “queer.”
Etel Adnan: Philosophy at Night
Lebanese-American artist, philosopher, and poet Etel Adnan’s recent publication, Night, is in equal measure a series of meditations on intersubjectivity and spirituality, and a dialogue between prose poetry and short verse.
Foreign Sounds or Sounds Foreign
Brandon Som’s first book of poems, The Tribute Horse, won the 2012 Nightboat Poetry Prize.