Poetry Is Queer

“Kirby’s Poetry is Queer… There’s a wisdom in it that is rare and so, so vibrant (courage).” – NEIL SURKANpoetry mini interviews, author of Unbecoming, and Their Queer Tenderness

From the author of THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE CALLED?, & SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY

Has Cavafy’s ghost entered my body?

If so, it did at a very early age. I’ve often wondered what was meant by ‘old souls,’ but regarding mine, I have no doubt.

That and/or, gay teenage longing is very similar to that of an elder’s. Everything but want slightly out of reach. 

KIRBY POETRY IS QUEER

Poetry is Queer is a kaleidoscope of sexual outlaws, gay icons, Sapphic poets, and great lovers, real and imagined, conjured like gateway drugs to a queer world. Claiming the word QUEER for those “who self-proclaim the authority of their own bodies in defiance of church and state,” Kirby pays tribute to gay touchstones while embodying both their work and joy. From gazing upon street boys with constant companion C.P. Cavafy, to end of day observances with Frank O’Hara, to mowing Walt Whitman’s grass, Poetry Is Queer is a hybrid-genre memoir like no other. (Palimpsest)

PUB DATE: 1 OCT 2021 from PALIMPSEST PRESS

READ AN EXCERPT FROM KIRBY’S UPCOMING POETRY IS QUEER HERE