Poem Sampler

LGBTQ Pride Poems

Lesbian, gay, and queer love poetry to celebrate gay pride.


Feeling Proud at Pride
As June rolls around again, we stop to remember the Stonewall rioters, who fought back against a police raid of a gay bar in the West Village on June 28, 1969, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty and goodness of our queer lives, what Allen Ginsberg calls holy, what Audre Lorde exhorts us not to waste.

Footnote to Howl” by Allen Ginsberg

Movement Song” by Audre Lorde

A History of Sexual Preference” by Robin Becker

Prayer” by Francisco X. Alarcón

Three Addresses” by Terence Winch

Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan


Feeling Ambivalent at Pride
Sometimes Gay Pride leaves out the complicated reality of our lives, tries to squish us into a new ill-fitting box. There’s a poem for that.

Who Said It Was Simple” by Audre Lorde

My Voice” by Rafael Campo

Homosexuality” by Frank O’Hara

Ode For Walt Whitman” by Jack Spicer

Ordinary Time” by Tim Dlugos


Queer Poets on Queer Poets
Poems from the long tradition of queer poets writing to poet friends, lovers, and ancestors. Find poems for Sappho, Audre Lorde, James Schuyler, William S. Burroughs, kari edwards, Robert Duncan, Elizabeth Bishop, and more.

Anchorage” by Joy Harjo

The Lyric In A Time of War” by Eloise Klein Healy

Three Dreams about Elizabeth Bishop” by J. D. McClatchy

Duncan” by Thom Gunn

James Schuyler” by David Trinidad

Burroughs” by Robert Glück

Elegy for Kari Edwards” by Julian Talamantez Brolaski

To the Angelbeast” by Eduardo C. Corral

Breakfast with Thom Gunn” by Randall Mann



Originally Published: May 18, 2012



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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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