|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.
Gertrude Stein - 1874-1946
[additional sources for individual visual poems are quoted within the entry.]
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:
Chloë Proctor, Sascha Akhtar, Sarah Dawson, JD House, Aaron Kent
Full House Lit Podcast
Between the Covers with David Naimon
Commonplace with Rachel Zucker
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.
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Thank you for your interest and support. I am honoured and grateful.