This study provides the synoptic treatment of the self-representation strategies of the homosexual poetry in (post)modern Hungarian literature using the matrix of Christopher Reed. Reed constructs a matrix of interpretation between the concepts of homosexuality and the relationship of art to homosexuality. I am focusing on the analysis of the conceptual forms which are getting on as the sexual encounters – in which one person is perceived as transcending gender norms –, or as the separate identity, or as performative role without permanent core identity. In five chapters I am dealing with the survival of male ancient homoerotic tradition (poetry of J. Berda and M. Babits), with the erotic and associative interpretation strategies in the zone of the transcending of gender norms (poetry of Gy. Faludy, J. Pilinszky and P. Toldalagi), with the strategies of Hungarian gay subculture (poetry published in subcultural periodical called Mások), with the concepts of the separate gay identities (poetry of A. Gerevich, J. Rosmer and Á. Nádasdy) and with the poetical performative roles as self-conscious choice of artists (poems of D. Krusovszky, M. Varga and I. Nagypál).