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An anthology of queer nature poetry spanning three centuries.
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.
In the introduction, editor Michael Walsh writes that the anthology is “concerned with poems that speak to and about nature as the term is applied in everyday language to queer and trans bodies and identities . . . Queer Nature remains interested in elements, flora, fauna, habitats, homes, and natural forces—literary aspects of the work that allow queer and trans people to speak within their specific cultural and literary histories of the abnormal, the animal, the elemental, and the unnatural.” The anthology features poets including Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Blanco, Kay Ryan, Jericho Brown, Allen Ginsberg, Natalie Diaz, and June Jordan, as well as emerging voices such as Jari Bradley, Alicia Mountain, Eric Tran, and Jim Whiteside.
Michael Walsh is the author of poetry books including The Dirt Riddles and Creep Love, as well as two chapbooks: Adam Walking the Garden and Sleepwalks. His poems and stories have appeared in journals such as The Journal, Chattahoochee Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review,Great River Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner. He lives in Minneapolis and works as a curriculum administrator at the University of Minnesota.