‘When I Was Straight’ by Julie Marie Wade

When I Was Straight offers a look into Wade’s “before and after:” the first half of the book tackles her life before coming out, and the second half details people’s reactions to learning that she’s a lesbian…. read more

'Tiger Heron' by Robin Becker

“Observant songs of history and elegy, these poems turn our faces to what we can do with love and language, and what we can’t.”… read more

'Viral' by Suzanne Parker

How do you sleep when the siren is your own exhaled cry: “Oh Christ” –From “Only Kissing”, by Suzanne Parker As a queer literary community, we often are tasked with the responsibility to address collective trauma: coming out, dysfunctional family dynamics, the AIDs crisis, hate crimes, suicide. The list is longer than we can imagine,… read more

‘Breaking Up with Los Angeles’ by Raquel Gutiérrez

The demise of many long-term relationships are rife with familiar battles: the nostalgia for romantic times gone by, the gratitude for space to breathe and grow, the rage and regret of suffocations and daggered encounters, the ambivalence in moving on, and the combined reticence and joy in new beginnings. In Breaking up with Los Angeles,… read more

'This Blue' by Maureen N. McLane

“McLane has made me appreciate the artful ways that ‘high’ and ‘low’ diction co-exist in her own work—and more than co-exist: the ways her idiosyncratic approach to poeming thrives through deft and playful juxtaposition.”… read more

'Sisterhood' by Julie R. Enszer

There are primary and secondary definitions of sisterhood: one relating to blood sisters, and one relating to any community of women. In her second collection of poems, Julie R. Enszer holds both definitions close with evocative results…. read more

'My Poems Won't Change the World' by Patrizia Cavalli

My Poems Won’t Change the World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Bilingual Edition) is an unmitigated, extensive collection of complex and rich work by Italy’s beloved Patrizia Cavalli, a poet who walks symphonically and sympathetically alongside her subtexts. She has an acute ear for them—what they are saying and don’t want to say, or are not… read more