Join us on Thursday, August 5 2021 at 6:30 pm EST for a ZOOM Conversation with activist and writer Minnie Bruce Pratt. Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O\u2019Hanian, Minnie Bruce Pratt will discuss her poetry book, Magnified.\r\n\r\nAbout Magnified\r\n\r\nThis collection of love poems draws us into the sacred liminal space that surrounds death. With her beloved gravely ill, poet and activist Minnie Bruce Pratt turns to daily walks and writing to find a way to go on in a world where injustice brings so much loss and death. Each poem is a pocket lens \u201cto swivel out and magnify\u201d the beauty in \u201cthe little glints, insignificant\u201d that catch her eye: \u201cThe first flowers, smaller than this s.\u201d She also chronicles the quiet rooms of \u201cpain and the body\u2019s memory,\u201d bringing the reader carefully into moments that will be familiar to anyone who has suffered similar loss. Even as she asks, \u201cWhat\u2019s the use of poetry? Not one word comes back to talk me out of pain,\u201d the book delivers a vision of love that is boldly political and laced with a tumultuous hope that promises: \u201cRevolution is bigger than both of us, revolution is a science that infers the future presence of us.\u201d This lucid poetry is a testimony to the radical act of being present and offers this balm: that the generative power of love continues after death.\r\n\r\nAbout Minnie Bruce Pratt\r\n\r\nMinnie Bruce Pratt is an activist and writer originally from Alabama. She has published nine books of poetry, creative nonfiction and political theory, and has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, American Library Association, Publishing Triangle, Lambda Literary Awards and Poetry Society of America. After right-wing backlash against some of her poetry, Pratt was recognized by the Fund for Free Expression with an award for writers \u201cwho have been victimized by political persecution.\u201d As a professor of women\u2019s and gender studies, and writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University, she helped develop its first LGBTQ studies program. She is a Managing Editor of Workers World\/Mundo Obrero newspaper.