Rogers, Brittany 2023

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Blue Hour Reading Series with Brittany Rogers and Maggie Queeney
Haymarket House


After Zoe Saldana defends playing Nina Simone in her biopic by saying “For so many years, nobody knew who the [fuck] she was. She is essential to our American history. As a woman first, and only then as everything else.”

I looked at my Aunt Sarah skin;
my stay out the sun-
You already an eclipse- face.
Body an automatic rejection letter
erasure waiting to happen.

– Brittany Rogers, “Black Girl Sips Tea with Nina Simone”

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Watch Brittany Rogers’ 2023 reading with Maggie Queeney at the Chicago Poetry Center:

Brittany Rogers begins at 42:40 minutes.

I birth a child, and the wet wound never closes.
My mother diagnoses postpartum casually
as if saying – mail is here, and your name is on it.
Explains the drilling is nothing I asked for, overripe nerves happen sometimes.

– Brittany Rogers, “Pantoum for Postpartum”

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Listen to Brittany Rogers read her poem, “The Year ‘Caught Out There’ Became My Theme Song”:

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