Friday, July 23, 2021

Nusquam from Welcome to Upper Zygonia


Nusquam is from Thomas More's Utopia and means nowhere. Parts of The Dream Beings of Upper Zygonia have been woven in to the visual poem. Thank you to the City of Ottawa for the Creation and Production Fund for Established Artists received in July 2021. This is one of several visual poems that will be part of the manuscript, a collection of poems entitled "Welcome to Upper Zygonia."

Monday, June 21, 2021

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed, the poster

 if i could afford it, i would make a 24 x 36 inch poster to offer for sale; instead, here  it is.

and here is a link to a better quality of the poster which you can download for free. 


So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed is a translation of specifically misogynistic passages of the Bible and early Christian writings. The Vispo Bible is a defiant feminist response to the Bible and its hate - misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia. The interpretation and enforcement of these  texts can be directly linked to the ongoing bigotry and violence we are living in today. 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

SMS / SMU : thank you and sources + Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons [A Long Dress]


So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

What is the current that makes machinery, that makes it crackle, what is the current that presents a long line and a necessary waist. What is this current.


What is the wind, what is it.


Where is the serene length, it is there and a dark place is not a dark place, only a white and red are black, only a yellow and green are blue, a pink is scarlet, a bow is every color. A line distinguishes it. A line just distinguishes it.

Tender Buttons [A Long Dress]

Gertrude Stein - 1874-1946


Main Sources

[additional sources for individual visual poems are quoted within the entry.]


Wikipedia list of women in the Bible

King James Bible Online


100 Dresses: The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Yale University Press, 2010.

Alice Connor, Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation, Fortress Press, 2017.

April D. Deconick, Holy Misogyny

Why The Sex And Gender Conflicts In The Early Church Still Matter, Bloomsbury, 2011.

Lydia Edwards, How to Read a Dress. A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

Lindsay Hardin Freeman, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter

Forward Movement, 2014, Fifth printing, 2020.

Sue Poorman Richards and Lawrence O. Richards, Women of the Bible: The Life and Times of Every Woman in the Bible, Thomas Nelson, 2003.


List of podcasts I listened to during the making of this work:


The Babel Tower Parish Radio

Chloë Proctor,  Sascha Akhtar, Sarah Dawson, JD House, Aaron Kent


Full House Lit Podcast

Chloë Proctor and Richard Capener


Between the Covers with David Naimon

Jen Bervin

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Natalie Diaz – Part 1 and Part 2


Commonplace with Rachel Zucker

M. NourBeSe Philip


Penteract Press

Episode 24: Kate Siklosi, Gregory Betts, & Nasser Hussain



Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Writers Program for funding So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed. Thank you to the recommenders: Invisible Publishing and the New Quarterly. And a huge thanks to all the feminist activists, artists and writers of the past, present and future who are trying to make a world that is just and equal for all.


For those who are able to provide aid and support, please donate or assist your local women’s shelter, organizations fighting for gender equality, to world wide feminist organizations, pro-choice groups fighting for the autonomy of women over reproductive rights, such as the Abortion Right Coalition of Canada.


If you’d like to support an Ottawa based organization, I suggest Cornerstone for Women, which provides emergency housing and other support locally.


Thank you for your interest and support. I am honoured and grateful. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

SMS/SMU Judges 19.29


So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

Judges 19.29 “He took a knife and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces.”

 Published in Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry, Timglaset Editions, 2021.

 dedicated to victims of gender-based violence, and to missing and murdered Indigenous women and their loved ones. i am sorry for your loss. 


 one of the inspirations for this project was the cover art for Klara Du Plessis’ first poetry book, Ekke, Palimpsest Press, 2018.


the art entitled Vela Sikubhekile was created by Nandipha Mntambo. “Mntambo was born in Mbabane, Swaziland. In 2007, she completed a Master’s in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Mntambo currently lives in Johannesburg. The work is on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).


"Her work addresses ongoing debates around traditional gender roles, body politics, and identity. She works in photography, sculpture, video, and mixed media to explore the liminal boundaries between human and animal, femininity and masculinity, attraction and repulsion, life and death.”


After I had made this visual poem, at some point, it dawned on me that I was inspired specifically by Nandipha Mntambo’s Vela Sikubhekile.


Kimberlé Crenshaw, Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now, UN Women, 2020

Friday, June 18, 2021

SMS/SMU François Rabelais

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

When I say woman I mean a sex so weak, so fickle, so variable, so changeable, so imperfect, that Nature — speaking with all due reverence and respect — seems to me, when she made woman, to have strayed from that good sense with which she had created and fashioned all things. I have pondered over it five hundred times yet I can reach no solution except that Nature had more regard for the social delight of man and the perpetuating of the human species than for the perfection of individual womanhood. Certainly Plato does not know into which category to put women: rational animal or irrational beast.

François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Jamie Leigh, Sexism in Classic Literature



“The garment is an element on which the artist has often pondered. To her it represents the tension between nature and artifice, between our desire to be free and our need to represent ourselves.” Jane Sterbak


Thursday, June 17, 2021

SMS/SMU The Unnamed Women

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

adulteress, anointing sinner, anointing woman, bent woman, bride of Cana, Catalphas’ servant girls, Cain’s wife, crippled woman, daughters of men, daughters of Zelopehad, David’s ten concubines, demonized slave girl, gifted artisans, Hebrew woman, Jairus’ wife and daughter, Jerusalem disciples, Job’s wife, Lot’s wife, Naman’s wife’s slave girl, Noah’s wife, notable women of Shunem, Paul’s sister, persecuted disciples, prominent women, Queen of Sheba, Samaritan mother, Samaritan woman, Samaritan women, Samson’s mother, Shunammite woman, sinful woman, Syrophoenician’s woman, Timothy’s mother, two harlots, Tyrian disciples, widow of Nain, widow of Zarepath, widow, poor, widow with the mite, widowed wife of a prophet, widows, wise woman of Tekoa, wise woman of the city, witch of En Dor, woman who blessed Jesus’ mother, woman with issue of blood, women disciples, women of Israel, women witnesses to resurrection


Sue Poorman Richards and Lawrence O. Richards, Women of the Bible: The Life and Times of Every Woman in the Bible, Thomas Nelson, 2003.


Erase the Patriarchy: An Anthology of Erasure Poetry edited by Isobel O’Hare (University of Hell Press, 2020)
“History is history.
The uncompromising, oppressive, outdated reins of patriarchy plaguing the entire world have never been more obvious—and perhaps never more in need of dismantling. Inspired, seemingly tireless people across the globe have always banded together in solidarity and action hell-bent on change. Sometimes this change is rooted in policy reform, sometimes revolution—and often artistic expression.
Within this gorgeous volume of erasure artworks exist differing cultural experiences connected by the desire for paradigm shift on a global political scale. Familiar statements and treatises are transformed into poetic versions of what reality looks like or could become for many of us stuck in a vicious machine. This international artistic appeal rips apart layers of deception, inequity, and fraud perpetuated by systems of power. Erasing what no longer serves us can reveal another avenue from which to begin.”


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SMS/SMU Thomas Aquinas

So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

"As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence. "–Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, 13th century


Hei Lam Ng

片言カタコトbroken language is an ongoing text based project of Japanese kanji characters that have different definitions in Cantonese and Japanese.

 There is poetry in the unique set of words and phrases of a language that other languages don’t have, and therefore cannot be accurately translated. Being a multilingual person allows me to peek into these lost-in-translation gaps and be amazed by them, which inspired me to work on this project.”