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

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

Amanda 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: amandagunn.com

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 our series is from Excursions Op. 20, Movement 1, by Samuel Barber, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by a generous donation from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library.