Reading "Story of the Eye" and "An Unquiet Symptom"

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Patrick Milian

A reading of two poems. The first is “Story of the Eye” which explores questions of inheritance, family, and lineage specific to the writer’s experience as a queer, positive person. That poem is also forthcoming in Gulf Coast. The second is “An Unquiet Symptom” which takes Thomas Browne’s category of “unquiet symptoms” from his seventeenth century medical treatise as a starting point for interrogating how making your symptoms unquiet and your status known can be a form of empowerment.

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