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Queer Poetry: A Panel Discussion

Mon, April 23, 2018 6:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Is there a queer aesthetic? Is queer identity a liberation or a liability? Is gay passé? Does labelling a poem “queer” limit access for “mainstream” readers?

The participating poets,  Marion Bell, Kai Davis, Montgomery Maxton, and Stephen Potter, will begin by reading two of their poems as statements of their positions and then will grapple with the issue of literary and political identity in a discussion moderated by award-winning poet, Jim Cory. The term “queer” can be an umbrella term for same-sex or gender-variant desires, lives, cultures, identities or perspectives. Once synonymous with “strange” or “eccentric”, queer has also evolved to mean transgressive or challenging to what is considered normative.  Admission to the presentation is free. The participating poets will have chapbooks for purchase and signing.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Independence Library. 

Independence Library
18 S. 7th Street (7th Street between Market & Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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