Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS

Klein, M., ed.

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Collection (Poems)

Annotated by:
Shafer, Audrey
  • Date of entry: Oct-22-2001
  • Last revised: Nov-28-2006


This collection of 116 poems by 76 poets includes a wide range of perspectives, although most are written about a friend or loved one with AIDS or by a poet with AIDS. The poems are about love, loss, grief, pain, fear, beauty, illness, death, and transcendence.

Some well-known poets, such as Adrienne Rich, Paul Monette, James Merrill, Philip Booth, Robert Creeley, and Marvin Bell have contributed to the anthology. Brief introductory essays by The Rt. Reverend Paul Moore, Jr., Joseph Papp, Carol Muske, and the editor comment on the power of the voices, the politics of AIDS, and the elegiac quality of many of the poems. Michael Klein likens the book to the patchwork quilt of the NAMES Project, and hopes that the book, like a "well-made" quilt, will "last awhile, keep you warm."


The book contains many excellent poems--stirring, bare, fierce and gentle. The collection won the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and was an American Library Association Notable Book. Part of the proceeds of the book go to the PEN Emergency Fund for Writers and Editors with AIDS.



Place Published

New York




Michael Klein

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