Queer Poetry Reading Group:

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**NOTE: This event will be offered both in-person and virtually. Please email [email protected] to get the Zoom link.**

The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the November discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, where we read Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz.

Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: “Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden.” In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dunefields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.

Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP.

The discussion is facilitated 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.

Funding has been provided in part by the American Rescue Plan. American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

WHEN
November 21, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8pm
WHERE
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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CONTACT
Gabby Hochfeld · · (610) 347-9988 x 106

Will you come?