Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali:
Poetry as Pandoric Praxis
WITH AMY KING & MELISSA STUDDARD
DATE: AUGUST 8, 2015
LOCATION: 1693 STATE ROUTE 28A,
WEST HURLEY NY 12491
The feminine encounter with beauty, love and self-sacrifice is typically depicted in a positive, nearly angelic light. However the feminine encounter with self-knowledge has often been depicted as a negative event, bringing the fall of man and worse: a disastrous ruination from the female’s lofty beatific birthright into ugly monstrous creatures who plague all of humanity. This denigration, seen repeatedly in literature from earliest myth to the latest social media headlines, is reductive, and serves to separate all genders in restrictive ways.
What if the feminine encountering knowledge, self and otherwise, could be an alchemical event that forged new ways of seeing for everyone? What if the energy of these grotesque creatures could actually be powerful enough to break down the walls that separate the genders?
Join us for a myth-shattering poetry workshop in which we explore the redemptive mode of embracing the “monstrous ugly” to unveil and broaden the scope of our own “monstrous selves”! Through apostrophe, ekphrasis and collaboration, we will break taboos and touch the seedy underbellies of our inner monsters & hyenas, put pressure on the political and personal divide, and discover what might emerge when we – men and women alike – bring together our collective feminine selves and use poems as tools to claw our way out of cliché, reclaim our power, and find value in the refuse left in our uprising.