Many congratulations to poets Caroline Bird, Kae Tempest and Rosie Garland who were longlisted for Polari LGBTQ+ Book Prize this week. To celebrate, here are five books to read right now for Pride Month.
#1 What Girls Do In the Dark by Rosie Garland
Rooted in gothic imagination and feminist fables crossed with astronomy, these poems ask what it means to blaze your own bright and all-consuming path.
#2 The Air Year by Caroline Bird
Bird's speakers exist in a state of unrest, where love is uncontrollable and joy comes and goes at hurricane speed.
#3 On Connection by Kae Tempest
Drawing on twenty years’ experience as a poet and performer, On Connection is a call to arms that speaks to the universal yet intimate truth of creativity.
#4 Queer: A Collection of LGBTQ writings
With poems and extracts from Catullus and Sappho to Emily Dickinson and Oscar Wilde, this is an unapologetic anthology of queer love, which gives voice to the silenced.
#5 These Queer Merboys - Serge ♆ Neptune
Enter a mythical dreamscape of mermen, desire and danger in this enticing, exuberant debut pamphlet from a brave new voice in poetry.
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