Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Pocketful of Poetry

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Pocketful of Poetry

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Gay poet J.D. McClatchy talks about collecting gay and lesbian odes from throughout history for Love Speaks Its Name, a new anthology

J.D. McClatchy is the author of four books of poems, including Ten Commandments, winner of the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry, and the editor of several anthologies. His latest poetry anthology, Love Speaks Its Name, features Sappho, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Whitman, Williams, Stein, and many other "queer" writers. McClatchy recently spoke to The Advocate about what constitutes "gay poetry."

How did you choose which classic poets would make the cut?

I set out to gather the very best poems by gay and lesbian writers, and not merely those intent on proving a narrow--or perhaps a defiant or political--point. Our poets have always been writing "at an angle to the universe," and their takes on the nature of desire and the complications of romance or loss are unique.

The categories in your book--anxiety, longing, etc. …

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