For the More Traditional Ceremony
Planning your gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or queer wedding? You might look at the wedding poems finder or use the lesbian section of the Christian Bible (Ruth 1:16-17) but why not include a queer poem by a queer poet, for maximum queerness? Conveniently, many of the most traditional wedding poems are already by poets who wrote to same sex beloveds, like Shakespeare, Rossetti, Marlowe, and Whitman.
“Song of the Open Road” (Part 15) by Walt Whitman
“O Me! O Life!” by Walt Whitman
“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson
“Voyages” (Part III) by Hart Crane
“Sonnet CXVI: Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds” by William Shakespeare
“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
“You, Therefore” by Reginald Shepherd
“A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti
“Forever – is composed of Nows – (690)” by Emily Dickinson
Celebrating the Non-Traditional
Of course, not everyone—not even everyone in a committed relationship—wants to get married or be monogamous. These poems celebrate the good old-fashioned gay values of desire and free love.
“Turbidophilia” by Peter Pereira
“American Wedding” by Essex Hemphill
“A Poem for the Old Man” by John Wieners