The above reblogged post is the (very late) write-up I did of the 2013 VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam Championship. Feel free to swing by that blog and read the whole thing, but I’m reblogging it here because of this:
“Many of the competitors brought sexually-charged poetry to the stage during Round Two. This is not particularly unusual. It seems that when women poets want to make an impression, we turn up the heat, get sexually explicit, and open up about all those things that Genteel Ladies aren’t supposed to talk about.
I find this intruiging on a few different levels – as a woman who enjoys poetry, as an organizer who encourages women poets to speak openly about sexuality and desire, and as a poet whose work frequently centers on the erotic. I can theorize about this, get bitter about how the manipulation sexual attention is often the “only” power that women are “allowed” to have in Patriarchy, or point you towards Audre Lorde‘s words on the necessity of eroticism for both self-knowledge and the creation of change. But I would rather hear what other women poets’ thoughts on the subject. (Do feel free to talk this up in the comments section, folks. I would love to hear what you have to say).”
I hope you, here, will also comment on this. Thoughts? Theories? Have at it.🙂