For Love Alone: 18 Elegies for Rog, Paul Monette
"One of the most beautiful books of love poetry ever written. A crucial and elegant chronicle of Monette's love for his lover, Rog, who died of AIDS early into the epidemic — and through that lens, also, a way to never forget those terrible early times. Nothing teaches men to love each other ever, but this book might at least show it's possible, noble, and worth it in the face of losing everything."
-Suggested by Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and the upcoming Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).