Updated: Nov 4, 2020

To mark the launch of his new poetry collection, CNUT, Nathan Evans talks us through some of his favourite work by contemporary queer poets.

Nathan Evans reading from Threads
Nathan Evans at the CNUT launch, photo by Ania Tomaszewska-Nelson

1. Selah, Keith Jarrett (Burning Eye Books)

I first heard Keith reading at Below Stairs in 2018. I enjoyed it so much, I came home with the book—which he wrote, metaphorically and brilliantly. The rousing opening poem—Acknowledgements—is worth the price alone.


2. Reckless Paper Birds, John McCullough (Penned in the Margins)

John’s first collection, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize. And it was at Polari I heard him reading from his third collection, Reckless Paper Birds. I particularly enjoyed his rendition of Queer-Cole about a counterfeit coin that—in a typically fabulous inversion—becomes his talisman.