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Queer joy in Poetry for LGBTQ+ history Month


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“The second birth: Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. God,/ her heels startling across a hard floor. Image passed/ through me like a cartoon ghost.” K. Patrick

What better way to end LGBTQ+ History Month than by welcoming a poetry collection that explores the joy and fluidity of queer love to the world?

On Monday 26th we’re hosting the launch of Three Births by K. Patrick, author of the much loved novel Mrs S. and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Giving room to states of flux in the body, ecologies and relationships, Three Births culminates in the subtle but powerful message that we should be able to inhabit the body we want to inhabit and love freely within this.

You can read more about the book and grab your slot for the night HERE!

Inspired by Three Births, we put together a list of our favourite poetry collections that explore queer joy, be it in memories of it, in longing for it or as a promise of possible new worlds. Poetry, with its immense ability to unsettle, redefine, uproot and create anew, often seems like the perfect space in which to celebrate the endless joys of queer lives.

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