Events downtown

Jun 14

Poetry Inspired By Queer Portland and the Onset of Pandemic University Event Room, USM Library | 314 Forest Ave. 5:30 pm - 12:00 pm
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The year is 1984. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence toss condoms at the Underground. Activists in Deering Oaks masquerade as hustlers to get the word out about Gay Related Immune Deficiency (G.R.I.D). Rage blankets Maine when Charlie Howard, a young man in Bangor, is thrown from the State Street Bridge and dies, because he’s queer.

These events set the backdrop for Robert Carr’s reading from his new book of poetry, The Unbuttoned Eye. In the words of Patrick Donnelly, author of “Little-Known Operas”, “Carr’s superb poems are tender intensities full of awe, creating a charged ritual stage upon which our handsomest ghosts are aroused, and arouse us, again.”

In support of Portland Gay Pride, USM’s LGBTQ+ Collection of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine host an evening of poetry and dialogue with poet Robert Carr. Join us. Raise your voice in this conversation.