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100 Queer Poems, by Andrew McMillan, Mary Jean Chan

beccamilsom's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective relaxing sad fast-paced

5.0

bookloversboudoir's review against another edition

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4.0

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I really enjoyed 100 Queer Poems. Some of my favourites are among those on offer including Funeral Blues by W H Auden, The Whistler by Mary Oliver, Late Love by Jackie Kay, Prayer by Carol Ann Duffy and Reasons for Staying by Ocean Vuong. I also discovered some new poets I want to explore more. I like the mix of contemporary and classic poems. This is well worth a read.

geo_rge_p's review against another edition

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reflective fast-paced

4.0

Beautiful!

yoen's review

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informative sad medium-paced

3.0

some v good poems, some v bland

nomournersnofunerals1312's review

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5.0

i love poetry.

anthologies are always a risk, but i barely had any misses in this one.

just know if you see me reading poetry, my mental health is probably not great lol

ellenannmary's review against another edition

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5.0

Thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for the eARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

What a wonderful collection of poetry - I can’t wait to get my hands on the physical copy so that I can dip in and annotate more thoroughly. Covering the last century or so of queer poetry, this anthology documents the diversities and commonalities of the queer experience. I particularly enjoyed the experience of reading a much older poem sandwiched between two more recent poems, and having the context and experience reading of the older one entirely transformed. I also really liked the separation of the poems into thematic sections - ‘Queer Domesticities’ was my personal favourite of these. I think it will serve as a great primer for getting into poetry in general.

deelambe12's review against another edition

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emotional funny inspiring reflective sad slow-paced

4.0

owenatkinson's review

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hopeful reflective relaxing slow-paced

3.25

bybyberry's review

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challenging emotional reflective

5.0

i really love this anthology approach to queer poetry. it asks what makes a poem queer and they suggest some answers ; i like the classification through themes instead of chronological, as it helps seeing the similarities and differences through time and identities on what seem to be the same subject. i particularly enjoyed the "queer landscapes" and "queering histories" section.

bobthebookerer's review against another edition

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4.0

Pulling together 100 queer poems from across various times, identities and places sounds like a tall order, but this book does it beautifully, reminding me of some I already adore, and some entirely new ones.

It is also clear that a lot of love has gone into this collection, as they are very well chosen, and sit brilliantly next to each other.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.