This month’s poem has been chosen in recognition and celebration of LGBT+ poetry. Ocean Vuong is a contemporary Vietnamese-American poet and winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2017. Vuong’s first novel, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ published this year is already receiving critical acclaim.
Vuong’s writing explores each corner of his life with raw honesty. He delves into his life growing up as a Vietnamese immigrant as well as discovering love and understanding homosexuality in a world where racism and homophobia are still rife. All this along with the familiar pangs of adulthood are expressed in his writing in a way that highlights the struggle of minority communities. In addition, Vuong’s artistry manages to connect to readers cross-generationally and promises to continue for years to come.
Pride in Poetry
In honour of Brighton Pride this weekend, as well as our poem of the month we’ve listed some of our favourite past and present LGBT+ poets. Click on each name to browse some truly inspiring and audacious collections.
|Adrienne Rich||Federico Garcia|
|Alice Walker||Gertrude Stein|
|Allen Ginsberg||Jackie Kay|
|Arthur Rimbaud||Oscar Wilde|
|Carol Ann Duffy||Walt Whitman|
What do you think of Ocean Vuong and our July poem of the month? Who’s your favourite LGBT+ poet? Let us know in the comments below.