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
2023 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in LGBTQ+ Anthology
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.
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
Some entries are overtly queer, others poetry about nature by queer writers, but all connected by views of nature where the personal meets the wild.
Queer people have had, are having, and will continue to have complicated relationships to nature, which is why this anthology of poems marks an important and nuanced contribution to our understanding of the nature poem. The real joy of Queer Nature, though,is the diversity of poems assembled here and their multifaceted renderings of nature, which challenge any simplistic understanding of the pastoral. By gathering these poems from the past 150 years in this long overdue and critically important anthology, Michael Walsh has accomplished an incredible thing.
—Jacques J. Rancourt, author of Brocken Spectre and Novena
The poems in Queer Nature investigate the ways we inhabit ourselves and our landscapes—everywhere unfurling, throwing roots, spores. Here, the ground is rich with worm and bone. Here, the concerns are both urgent and eternal. How do we locate the places where we can survive? How do we create them? And, ultimately, how will we create and recreate ourselves so we can thrive?
—Richard Siken, author of Crush and War of the Foxes