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Book Title: Crime Against Nature: Poetry|
The author of the book: Minnie Bruce Pratt
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 432 KB
Edition: Firebrand Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780932379733
Read full description of the books Crime Against Nature: Poetry:In 2016, this year of gay marriage in every state of the US, it feels too easy for queers to forget their history. We take for granted that we can have families, be partners to one another, be parents. It feels too easy to forget that very recently, our lives and our love were not only illegal but under constant threat of vigilante violence. The smallest of expressions of queer love could be enough to beget severe repercussions. (It's easy to forget that this is still a reality for many in our community today).
These poems will teach you the injustices and sufferings that Minnie Bruce Pratt, who should be one of our most dearly held queer elders, faced in the 70s and 80s. Courts and judges and laws validating the rough man at the gas station who calls you dyke. The community turning against you for your sexual desires, and for expressing them without fear. And commingled with these sufferings, the dyke bars, the community, the fearlessness, the pleasures of the sex itself.
These poems are really beautiful. And this work seems like it is not widely read, not nearly enough. The constant turn to empathy here reminds me of Rankine's Citizen. The everyday folk remind me of Frost.
There's more to say: about bodies and ancestry and parenthood and how history lives in the landscape, and in us.
It's been a long time since I opened a book of poetry and read it front to back, but these poems, raw and rich, compelled me through them.
Read information about the authorMinnie Bruce Pratt (b. September 12, 1946 in Selma, Alabama) is an U.S. educator, activist, and award-winning poet, essayist, and theorist. Pratt was born in Selma, Alabama, grew up in Centreville, Alabama and graduated with an honors B.A. from the University of Alabama (1968) and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of North Carolina (1979). She is a Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University where she was invited to help develop the university’s first Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Study Program. She emerged out of the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s and 1980s and has written extensively about race, class, gender and sexual theory. Pratt, along with lesbian writers Chrystos and Audre Lorde, received a Lillian Hellman-Dashiell Hammett award from the Fund for Free Expression to writers "who have been victimized by political persecution." Pratt, Chrystos and Lorde were chosen because their experience as "a target of right-wing and fundamentalist forces during the recent attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts." Her political affiliations include the International Action Center, the National Women's Fightback Network, and the National Writers Union. She is a contributing editor to Workers World newspaper. Pratt's partner is author and activist Leslie Feinberg.
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