The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the June discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring The Amputee's Guide to Sex by Jillian Weise.
The collection changes the conversation about disability, interrogates medical language and history, imagines Mona Lisa in a wheelchair, rewrites Elizabeth Bishop's poem In the Waiting Room, addresses a lover's arsonist ex-girlfriend, and shows the prosthesis as the object of male curiosity and lust.
Publishers Weekly wrote, "In her charged and daring debut, Weise artfully interweaves biographical details with meditations on the history of disability and sex, laying bare the complexities of finding sexual and emotional intimacy as an amputee with a prosthetic leg...An agile and powerful poet, Weise references medical literature, history and poetry, speaking boldly and compassionately about a little-discussed subject that becomes universal in her careful hands."
This is a virtual event via Zoom. To RSVP and get the link, email [email protected] 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, and 10% of your purchase supports programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print or e-book formats.
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.