To illustrate Angela Carter's short story The Bloody Chamber, and Joanna Newsom's song Go Long, both of which re-write the tale of Bluebeard to reveal its core of toxic and emotionless masculinity, violence and misogyny.
Illustration to accompany the poem Ars Poetica for Firewords creative writing journal. Poem by Briel Felton.
A poem should be like the tendons of a neck
The bending of a spine
Like hips unwinding the time
Diligent as fingernails to a grapefruit
At the kitchen table, bleeding with light
A poem should be tongueless
We'll all understand
A self-authored wordless narrative about gendered communication. Exploring the feelings of loss and disconnection when communication breaks down in any relationship.
GODS AND DAISIES
To accompany a poem of mine about gendered dominance and submission.
(...)The hourglass sang its time-song of sand
She counts loveless days on trembling ringed hands
Months of his bidding left her bent knees red raw
Her neck bent heavenwards in thankless awe
She consulted daisies ‘neath the barren fig tree,
Snapping stems with a strange cruelty
Plucking at petals, a child been forgot
Each flower a betrayal – “he loves you not!”(...)