The cultural perception of mother-daughter relationships is an interesting one. There is this idea, a pressure almost, that you should grow up to be best friends with your mum. The way these relationships are held up, hailed as the type of relationship all women should aspire to have with their mothers, only show one side of the story, one aspect of a complicated situation.Read More
the hand of the butcher
has halved me
and his is a blade that
cuts and heals simultaneously
“Said you needed some time away from home.”
I told you it is necessary for you to be away from home.
I told you that you need to stay away from home.
I told you that you have to stay home.
Chronic illness and disability is a monumental barrier to participating, even at really welcoming events. I want to volunteer next year as well, but now I worry my apparent flakiness will forgo my being considered. How can I show people that I’m a dedicated and passionate person, when my chronic illness or spinal pain could flare up at any moment, making me need to lie down or rest?Read More
The girl in the mirror accuses me everyday
Of the appreciation I cannot give her,
Of the love I keep away.
Sweet Breath is a selection of drawings from a summer spent making sense of the body as an organic form; full of sweetness, softness and strangeness.Read More
While it is undoubtedly important for feminist and queer theory to examine the negative impacts of societally-enforced coercive femininity on girls and women, it’s also essential not to dismiss the potential personal power of a reflexive and reclaimed engagement with subversive femininity.Read More
Olivia speaks slowly
Words suffused in cunning
Not like me
My tumble-dried tongue
Speaking and wishing
My turn be expired
I want only to blend
Visual and concrete poetry are extraordinary genres for me that I dive into and which impact every aspect of my work, even my most lyrical poems.Read More
When I think about depictions of menstruating bodies, I used to think of clear blue liquid daintily dripping onto pads with ergonomic designs and wings “for extra protection.” I used to think of hushed whispers and knowing glances on television shows that wouldn’t dare utter the word “period” for fear of losing their primetime slots. I used to think, exclusively, of women.Read More