Queer Canadian poets tend to be experimental, to push against boundaries. They tell it like it is, challenge our ways of thinking, and actively organize for change. Their words are hilarious, heartbreaking, and wise. Here are some queer Canadian poets — mostly female-identified — whose words have changed my world for the better.
I told myself 2015 was the year of living my truths. I’m excited to have a guide in this book, and in Leah’s soulful mission to love and be loved — the rest of it be damned.
“These poems are middle fingers to the law, to the man, to history, to the future, to the people who continue to fight us for our lives.”
For National Poetry Month, an ode to the queer poets who talk about their love, fight for justice, and helped me save myself.
Because every day should be celebrated with sexy lesbian poetry.
Texas is idiotic, Janet Mock on Clair Huxtable, things you can donate to or show up at, women doing things like being journalists in the Middle East, having jobs in movies, getting Amtrak residencies, riding bikes, changing sports, being fucked over (that covers a lot of this actually), and SO MUCH MORE. Welcome to your link roundup!
“This not just your average poetry reading with people standing stoically reading prose or page poetry. This is a rock show of poetry. This is aggression, fierceness, tenderness, passion, tears and jubilance.”
“For me, as a black, lesbian, masculine-of-center woman, I thank her for showing me how to make my invisible self visible.”
Sometimes a peach is not really a peach.
“8. Anything to do with clams, really.”
Write Bloody Publishing is giving away a stack of books to two lucky Autostraddle readers!
“The work I do is all about how we make peace with the body, our own and other people’s bodies. I can’t have that conversation without talking about my queerness, or my blackness, or my size, or my mental health, or trans issues, or disability. It’s about everybody’s right to be on this planet.”
I ended up taking advantage of the fact that I was on the margins. I used the power of invisibility to crack open spaces at the edges. The power of performance is impermanence — nobody could catch it and say “here’s proof of what she is saying or doing.”
“Poetry calls us into ourselves. It’s asking you to be truthful and say whatever it is you need to say.”
“I just started working on a piece that’s a mash up of Neil Degrasse Tyson and Nicki Minaj.”
“Every person who comes up and asks to share, has never left me. Every friend or colleague who said I’ll watch your door, I’ll send that email, I’ll pick y’all up, y’all can stay at my house, has never left me.”
Perhaps you are like me, and spent most of yesterday sobbing gently at the beautiful truths expressed in Kristen Stewart’s recently published poem “My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole.”
After having been lost to the world for a couple thousand years, two poems written by Sappho have unexpectedly turned up in London following an anonymous collector’s submission to Oxford.
An Autostraddle Interview with Tania De Rozario, queer artist, writer and activist. Read more about her views on censorship, activism and Jeanette Winterson in this interview.
Our journey continues through the Pacific Northwest with creepy doughnuts, surprise parties, and musical theatre!