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Love Speaks Its Name: Gay and Lesbian Love Poems

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From Sappho to Shakespeare to Cole Porter–a marvelous and wide-ranging collection of classic gay and lesbian love poetry.

The poets represented here include Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, Federico García Lorca, Djuna Barnes, Constantine Cavafy, Elizabeth Bishop, W. H. Auden, and James Merrill. Their poems of love are among the most perceptive, the most passionate
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Everyman's Library
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Dan
Apr 14, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
I read this volume slowly over a number of months, a few poems before bed every night. It was a great way to end the day. The book is organized into several different themed sections that sort of chart the course of a relationship: Longing, Looking, Loving, Ecstasy, Anxiety, and Aftermath. The there is a good variety of poems authored by both men and women. I appreciated that the book reintroduced me to poems buy poets I had not heard of and reintroduced me to old favorites. It's a great book fo ...more
Bianca
Jun 14, 2014 Bianca rated it really liked it
Great choices and categories. I do wish there were more female entries.
Sen Ita
Dec 15, 2015 Sen Ita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Hadn't read Funeral Blues since GCSE English, forgotten how excellent it is.
Josh
Jan 25, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it
I also, like others, read this over a period of about a month. Absolutely loved it!

Very romantic, inspiring and moving! It's a nice mix of male and female writers from a wide stretching history. Some of my favourites are A.E Housman and W.H Auden.

If you're into poetry, romance or gay history/studies then this is a must for you. I shall be dipping back into it again regularly!
Beth
Jan 13, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection. I had planned to space it out and read only a few each night, but ended up drinking it down over a month. I couldn't stop, it was so delicious. It would be better if more of the poets were female.
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Oct 03, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I don't think there is a weak installment in this series.
Gentlyferal
Apr 18, 2009 Gentlyferal rated it really liked it
Beautiful lyrical poems by Federico Garcia Lorca are included in this book. Had to return to library before reading it all; will definitely try again.
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My poetry professor is in this book! On a less personal note, this is a nice(though a little male heavy)assortment of poems.
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McClatchy is an adjunct professor at Yale University and editor of the Yale Review. He also edits the "Voice of the Poet" series for Random House AudioBooks.

His book Hazmat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. He has written texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti, for such composers as Elliot Goldenthal, Daron Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, Lorin Maazel
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