happy harvest moon, witches! and happy fall equinox!
this month we’re discussing the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace. content warning for discussions of sexual assault (+ a brief mention of louis c.k.) and eating disorders.
our theme song is “moon and spruce” by sarah littledrum.
here’s a listening guide for the episode. (for a description of our segments, go here.)
introduction (0:00 – 2:01)
which craft? (2:08 – 27:16)
- what is poetry? and who can write it?
- organization and structure; repetition
- fire imagery
- poetry as visual art: lowercase text, font color/ size, white space, etc.
- poetry as an open text; allusions to other works of literature and pop culture
works we reference:
- carmina burana
- “goblin market” by christina rossetti (check out foodstuff’s dramatic reading here)
- “the yellow wallpaper” by charlotte perkins gilman
- the handmaid’s tale by margaret atwood
- how to get away with murder
- winterling by sarah prineas
- goodbye earl
- mad max: fury road
- “nanette” by hannah gadsby
“are you a good witch or a bad witch?” (27:20 – 37:15)
- making space for all women
- fallacy of “not all men” and “boys will be boys”
- the “not like all the other girls” trope
“bald heads and queer noses” (37:17 – 49:45)
- textual bodies: writing through trauma, women as more than textual objects, reclaiming our voices and stories
- bleeding poetry
- eating disorders and body image
“round about the cauldron go” (49:49 – 1:08:05)
- what we can learn from trees
- self-love potions
- the importance of breath and clean air
- symbolism of fire
lunar ritual: parsley moon (1:08:08 – 1:11:41)
final thoughts (1:11:45 – 1:14:05)
next month we’ll be discussing shadow of night (book 2 in the all souls trilogy) by deborah harkness. you can listen to our episode about a discovery of witches (book 1) here.