So if you've been following our video series Gender 101, you're familiar with Lucy (also known as Benji, pictured above.) In honor of National Poetry month, ze's kindly agreed to share two poems with me so I could share them with you.
So today, instead of a video discussion with Benji, we have some poetry written by Benji:
The Law of Conservation of Emotion
I am an artist, right?
I write these things and they are art
I have decreed that they be art, and so they shall stay
I swipe the beauty of the October leaves, not given to me
or made by me, and this too becomes art
I take the images dispersed in my brain, originally
chemicals in my veins, and I become a genius
I have never created new matter. Nature
was inspired, and created those leaves, and I take their
dying and create something new, and you take this paper
and continue the assembly line
Perhaps the beauty I absorb today will end up in a farm
in Iowa. Perchance the sadness I diffuse will be one
step in the funeral march of my great-granddaughter.
Yet there’s this passion for redirecting the route of emotions
leaving one's mark on them. That is my art.
I hereby enter the ranks of writers
too important for mere paper
who scrawl lines more important than literature
on the bathroom stalls
we are all nameless, except those initials bordered by hearts
set free to be
We state our right-or-wrong ideas
for all to judge
but will never hear the criticism
of those not bold enough
to add their own rebuttals
and enter our ranks
our ‘meeting of the minds’
And because the month has flown by and we haven't gotten to as much new GLBTQ Teen poetry as I'd planned, here are links to some of my favorite queer poems. Enjoy!
Sappho! Lesbian Poet of Ancient Fame
My Blog's very first "Great Queer Poem"
Three More Amazing poems by Rumi
More "essential" Rumi!
Quentin Crisp's World War Two Gay Experiences in London: Poetry where you don't expect it!
I Love Gay Poetry! Walt Whitman's "We Two boys Together Clinging" From Calamus
Celebrate Gay Poetry! Walt Whitman's "Calamus"
Walt Whitman Uncensored! His early Gay experience and the Poem through which it sang through him: "Once I pass'd Through A Populous City"
SHAKESPEARE: The Bisexual Poet and his Two Loves!
Celebrate Gay Poetry! Dennis Cooper's "James Kelly"
Poems can be Laser-like, cutting to the core: Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet"
Celebrate Ancient Epic Gay Poetry! Homer's "The Iliad"
GAY POETRY IS ALIVE! Steven Reigns' "Joe!"
and his poem "Inheritance"
Lord Byron's Love Poems to John Edleston
Muhammed Shams ud-din Hafiz, Drunk with Pleasure
And some more:
A Gay Joke for National Poetry Month
Celebrate Gay Poetry! Robert Friend's "Shirts"
A Gay Pocahontas? A Beautiful Native American Man IS a Poem in Theodore Winthrop's "John Brent!"
CELEBRATING YOUR POEMS! "For Him, Disappearing Before Dawn" by j.e. robinson
YOUR favorite Queer Poems: Mark Doty's "TIARA" and CP Cavafy's "THE GOD ABANDONS ANTONY"
Maurice Kenny (Mohawk)'s Poem on the role of Gay men in Native American tribal life and history.
Celebrate Bisexual Poetry! Rumi's "The King and The Handmaiden and The Doctor"
Celebrate Lesbian Poetry! Paula Gunn Allen's "Some Like Indians Endure"
Jacqueline Lapidus' breath-taking Lesbian poem, "Athens"
Celebrate Transgender Poetry! Aaron Shurin's "Woman on Fire"
Gloria Anzaldúa's "La Prieta" - A Bisexual Poem that blew me away!
Lesbian Teen Poetry: Sarah Laurenson's "First Love" and "How Bare My Soul" - Poetry Across Time
Transgender Poetry 2010: Alex Davis is "Man of The Year"
And of course, some Langston Hughes.
So much queer poetry to celebrate!