“Autobiography” by Joe Brainard

by Abby Wendle


In his poem “Autobiography”, Joe Brainard tells us who he is. Some of the things that make him unique challenge the status quo of 1950s Tulsa, where Brainard spent his childhood. In this edition of Poetry to the People, readers share their thoughts and experiences with homosexuality and the struggle of being a minority.

“Back in Tulsa Again” and “Autobiography” are reprinted from Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, edited by Ron Padgett, with an introduction by Paul Auster (The Library of America, 2012). Reprinted by permission.