Queer Poetry Reading Group: The Tradition

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The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the January 2022 discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring The Tradition by Jericho Brown, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and was a National Book Award finalist.

Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown's mastery.


I begin with love, hoping to end there.
I don’t want to leave a messy corpse.

              I don’t want to leave a messy corpse
              Full of medicines that turn in the sun.

Some of my medicines turn in the sun.
Some of us don’t need hell to be good.

              Those who need most, need hell to be good.
              What are the symptoms of your sickness?

Here is one symptom of my sickness:
Men who love me are men who miss me.

              Men who leave me are men who miss me
              In the dream where I am an island.

In the dream where I am an island,
I grow green with hope. I’d like to end there.

The Pulitzer Prize Committee wrote in 2020, "A collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence."

Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts 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 sponsored by Lehigh University's Southside Initiative and Humanities Center. This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

This meeting will be held in person and will be sober social, so no alcohol will be present. Email [email protected] with any questions.

January 18, 2022 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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