Category: lgbt poetry

“Teach us longing, the relentless embrace 
Where pleasure weeps, faded among the flowers!
O languors of Lesbos! Charm of Mytilene!
Teach us the golden verse stifled only by death,
   With your harmonious breath,
       Inspire us, Sappho!”

Renee Vivien “Invocation” The Muse of the Violets

“When you read these, I, that was visible, am become invisible,
Now it is you, compact, visible, realizing my poems, seeking me,
Fancying how happy you were, if I could be with you, and become your lover;
Be it as if I were there with you. Be not too certain but I am now with you.”

Walt Whitman