Poem Sampler

Queer Love Poems

LGBTQ love poetry by and for gay men, lesbians, and the queer community.

by The Editors
Queer Love Poems



Peanut Butter” by Eileen Myles

Beautiful Signor” by Cyrus Cassells

Love Poem to a Butch Woman” by Deborah A. Miranda

[Didn’t Sappho say her guts clutched up like this?]” by Marilyn Hacker

Recreation” by Audre Lorde

Mayakovsky” by Frank O'Hara

To the Fair Clorinda” by Aphra Behn

Pupil” by D.A. Powell

You Love, You Wonder” by Brenda Shaughnessy


Long-Term Love

Domestic” by Carl Phillips

The Hug” by Thom Gunn

What Kind of Times Are These” by Adrienne Rich

Snow” by Maureen Seaton

Winter” by Timothy Liu

Asking About You” by Eloise Klein Healy

[the day shifts . . .]” by kari edwards

Proportion Surviving” by Renee Gladman


For the Beloved

Poem for My Love” by June Jordan

One Girl” by Sappho

Smooth Horizon of the Verb Love” by Nicole Brossard

A Lady” by Amy Lowell

Accidents of Birth” by William Meredith

Swan” by Ana Božičević

continental divide” by D.A. Powell


Love Poems for Strangers

Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand” by Walt Whitman

The Dream” by Aphra Behn

The Fluffer Talks of Eternity” by D.A. Powell

The Strangers Who Find Me in the Woods” by Rigoberto González

Other Fugitives and Other Strangers” by Rigoberto González

Words to be Broadcast over Eagle’s Nest Sound System – I” by Brad Gooch

Wild nights - Wild nights! (269)” by Emily Dickinson


Long Distance

A Second Train Song for Gary” by Jack Spicer

Want” by Joan Larkin

In Trust” by Thom Gunn


Heartbreak and Longing

One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop

Sonnet 16” by Richard Barnfield

What to Ask Upon Being Asked to Be Friends” by Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Project for Fainting” by Brenda Shaughnessy

A Regret” by David Trinidad

Oh God” by Michelle Tea

Poem ('Instant coffee with slightly sour cream')” by Frank O’Hara

Poem for Haruko” by June Jordan

Originally Published: May 18, 2012


On August 20, 2012 at 11:48pm cade wrote:
I'm kinda surprised & very disappointed there's no poem by Adrienne
Rich listed, especially from The Dream of a Common Language or A Wild
Patience Has Taken Me this Far -- so many choices ... a glaring

On April 10, 2015 at 6:17am Carmen wrote:
Where are the break up poems

On June 18, 2015 at 11:18am Annie Lanzillotto wrote:
great reading these, to prepare for our LGBTQ poetry reading this Monday night June 22,2015, 7pm at Barnes&Noble on 82nd&Broadway in NYC!

Always go back to Sappho then we come out swingin!

On September 5, 2015 at 10:33am Alicia thomas wrote:
I love it....some of the poems made me
think about me and my fiance....I would
love to hear more


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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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