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Day 21: Things I Didn’t Do With this Body and Things I Did by Amanda Gunn

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Things I Didn’t Do With this Body and Things I Did

by Amanda Gunn

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Copyright © 2021 by Amanda Gunn. Used with the permission of the author. Previously published in Lana Turner, No. 13.

About the Author

Author headshotAmanda Gunn is a poet, teacher, and PhD candidate at Harvard where she studies poetry, ephemerality, and Black pleasure. Raised in Connecticut, she worked as a medical copyeditor for 13 years before earning a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She was recently named a Stegner fellow and was the inaugural winner of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize honoring Jake Adam York. Her work can be found in Poetry, Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Baffler. For more:


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2021 Queer Poem a Day

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for this second year of our series is the first movement, Schéhérazade, from Masques, Op. 34, by Karol Szymanowski, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by generous donations from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library and the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission.

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