Barbara Ungar poem

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Date: 2006

Region: North America

Subject: Language

Medium: Literature


Artist: Barbara Ungar, poet

Confronting Bodies: Frenchy Loeb, gallery owner

Date of Action: April, 2006

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

Description of Artwork: The poem described Ungar's experience during her pregnancy. The first line of the poem described her son growing inside of her, including making reference to the male genitalia.

The Incident: Ungar displayed her poem in Loeb's gallery as part of the Beekman Street Art District's celebration of National Poetry Month. Loeb decided to remove the poem after reading just the first line and because of the surprised reaction of her high school intern after reading it.

Results of Incident: The gallery owner removed the poem. The newspaper, The Saratogian, also refused to publish the poem because of its content.

Source: The Saratogian, www.saratogian.com