These nights, I close my eyes to visit the dead. They are here, Donald for strategy, breaking patterns, family love Bill for Allan for tall stories Haffiz for These nights (Tonight close yours and say hello) When I go, close your I and visit men Attitude — Guilt — Shame — Denial I mad at you Visualization Every day is a new experience glad to be here Tears fall People talking to you — in off, off to the time when off to the P Always did like you smile, all them teeth.
Denial Take this respirator out of my nose The hospital to die Ain’t gonna make it
The workshop was most likely creative in nature, though the venue, date, and names of the other participants are not known at this time. We do know that B.Michael was present since these photos appear on the same roll of film, in his possession, that contains images from another retreat that B.Michael also attended. The latter retreat took place circa 1990-91. If you were in the room and can shed some light on the details, please let us know!
On October 11, 1987, members of Other Countries attended the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, a historic gathering of circa 500,000 attendees (vs. the 200,000 estimated by the U.S. Park Police). They processed behind a purple and black banner sewn by Roy Gonsalves. The images below were captured by B.Michael Hunter and/or his camera.
While in Antigua & Barbuda, cherished friend and poet Donald Woods sent B.Michael a postcard with what seems like some spontaneously composed verse! After B.Michael moved from Boston in early 1987, he stayed for a patch in Spanish Harlem (Manhattan) with his mom. Her address is the only legible clue as to when B.Michael received it.