You can intellectualize a theory, not a poem. And I am not wasting my time and brain cells trying to decode your poems, trying to figure out what you are trying to write and communicate. Poetry does not belong to the elite; it belongs to everyone.
Before I set out to interview poet and editor David Groff about his collection of poems, Clay, l spoke with Charles Flowers, publisher of the queer literary journal BLOOM, and asked him about a good entry point for this interview. "Grief," he said.
"First, what does it mean to live in a family that is broken and a world of brokenness and take responsibility, however partial, for that brokenness? Second, how can I believe in sisterhood in an imperfect, broken world?"
In celebration of National Poetry Month, I'm sharing this project of mine, which I completed for a poetry course that I took last semester. I created a handbook that asks and answers the question "what is queer poetry?" For this project I interviewed five queer poets.