Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology

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Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology

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This anthology amplifies and centers LGBTQIA+ voices and perspectives in a collection of contemporary nature poetry. Showcasing over two hundred queer writers from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, Queer Nature offers a new context for and expands upon the canon of nature poetry while also offering new lenses through which to view queerness and the natural world. To see the full list of contributing poets, please see the table of contents here.


Praise for Queer Nature

This beautifully curated anthology reshapes the genre of nature poetry and awakens readers to its richness.
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

This compendium of gifted contemporary LGBTQA+ poets, representing all ethnicities, takes its place next to masterworks by queer poets of the past including Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Frank O’Hara, Audre Lorde, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Rich, and others. Walsh obviously curates with an eye toward authentic craft, past and present.
Edge Media

From the elliptical probings of Carl Phillips to Amy Lowell wrestling with nasty plants, this collection from over 200 contributors provides a broad overview of the work of LGBT poets past and present, including many well-known poets.
The Gay & Lesbian Review

When heteronormativity prescribes a binary to everything it touches—something is either natural or unnatural—what a salve to reclaim and celebrate nature in its sprawling wonder and unfettered queerness. This is an invitation to readers who’ve long felt excluded from representations of the natural and pastoral. No longer stripped of its wildness and subtext, the nature reflected in these poems is the breadth of human experience: its complexities and aches, its trauma and desires, its richness and possibilities. Queer Nature understands nature resists constraint and simplification. It is boundless and borderless. It belongs to everyone.
—Ruth Awad, author of Set to Music a Wildfire

Imagine my delight and pride in being a part of this anthology! Imagine your pleasure as you immerse yourself in this beauty of queerness! This is a must-have book for all.
—Chrystos, author of Fire PowerIn Her I Am, and Not Vanishing

This anthology makes visible the astonishing range and impact of queer poets. Page after page shimmers with emotional and intellectual pleasures—these poems will make you think, weep, sing, and sigh with relief. Michael Walsh’s remarkable curation reminds us what’s natural has always been queer and what’s queer is always natural.
—Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine

Queer Nature grew from one queer farm boy’s longing for poetry that spoke to his complex love for the natural world he loved but to which, he was taught, love like his did not belong. Like a dowsing rod, this longing led Michael Walsh to an underground poetic river, a heretofore obscure but essential American lyric tradition of conceiving, celebrating, and mourning nature. Gathering poets of innumerable ethnicities, histories, styles, and sexual and gender identifications, this book gives us access to a desperately needed aquifer of language that help us reimagine, revitalize, and repair our connection to the world we are destroying.
—Joy Ladin, author of The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems and The Book of Anna

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A 2022 Lambda Gay Poetry Finalist, Michael Walsh received his BA in English from Knox College and his MFA in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. He is the editor of Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (Autumn House, May 2022). His poetry books include Creep Love (Autumn House Press, Lambda Finalist), The […]

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