June is Pride Month! Check out a few new poetry books below, written by LGBTQ identifying authors.
Danez Smith, the author of Don't Call Us Dead (National Book Award Finalist), is out with a new book of poetry that explores the power of friendship in a depraved world. Smith, a black, queer & non-binary poet refuses to be saddled with the baggage hurled on them and instead finds room for love and joy in the scuffle with hate. Homie tackles topics such as racism, homophobia, and disparity in America, while celebrating what it means to be Black.
In an interview about Homie, Smith reveals,
If there is one tool people can cull from my poems, it’s that shame is one of the best unburdenings you can do.
You can read the rest of the interview here.
Christmas's poems alternate in sadness, sexiness, humor, and rage creating an emotional whirlwind that can leave a reader stunned. If you didn't know that Christmas was a spoken word poet, you might suspect it upon reading poems whose style leads the reader into a natural rhythm. Watch a video of Christmas reading her poem 'Black Feminist' here.
Though the collection of poetry tackles a variety of events in history, many of which brought harm to LGBTQ identifying folks, the overarching theme asks, 'how do you love a country--- one that has not treated everyone with dignity and respect?' Here you can read an interview with Blanco about his new book.