Poets of ambiguous or clearly stated LGBTQ sexualities who I totally dig:
- Edna St. Vincent Millay (the poet this blog was titled after)
- Oscar Wilde (never read a lot of his poetry, but it's brilliant and I love his stories)
- Lord Byron
- Elizabeth Bishop (One Art will always be my favorite of her poems)
- Emily Dickinson (this one was a shock to me, but is apparently a thing. Susan)
- Sappho (Duh)
- Georgia Douglas Johnson
- Maureen McLane (Syntax is honestly one of the best poems I've read in ten years)
- Audre Lorde
- Adrienne Rich
- Allen Ginsberg
- William Shakespeare (obviously)
- Marilyn Hacker
- Langston Hughes
Please note that I have left out several famous spoken word folks- I think I've already babbled about how I feel about spoken word, slam jam, poetry jams, etc., etc., but I'll leave it simply at this: I characterize spoken word as more as a vein of performance art then a form of poetry. While I admit there is an intersection, it's the difference between a tomato and a peach.
With respect, this is a fairly sparse, pedantic list. If you're more into post modern poetry, the poets you want to check out from this list are Maureen McLane, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, etc; with the exception of Maureen McLane, these are all fairly canonical poets. There are a plethora of fabulous, current LGBTQ poets and I definitely intend to delve into their work this month. I just wanted to start from my base of knowledge, the original fires of my love.
But don't take my word for it- here are some good articles about LGBTQ poets:
What would your list look like? Who speaks to you?