The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the March discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar, named one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Public Library and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. This debut collection of poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging. Chicago Review of Books calls it "a stunning work of art that tackles place, race, sexuality and violence."
an aunt teaches me how to tell
an edible flower
from a poisonous one.
just in case, I hear her say, just in case.
This is a virtual event over zoom. Advance RSVP to [email protected] is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print, audiobook, or ebook formats.
This virtual event will include live closed-captioning.
The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.