episode 2.4: the witch doesn’t burn in this one

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:

related links

secret feminist agenda episode 2.16: poetry is cool

rupi kaur: the inevitable backlash against instagram’s favorite poet

the comedy-destroying, soul-affirming art of 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

related links

“not like other girls” trope

rupi kaur

“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

secret feminist agenda episode 2.18: fat liberation

“eat” by zion t.

male authors writing female characters

“round about the cauldron go” (49:49 – 1:08:05)

  • lavender
  • what we can learn from trees
  • self-love potions
  • the importance of breath and clean air
  • symbolism of fire

related links

the lavender menace

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.

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