Are Women & Animals Real?

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Exploring intersections of "the animal" & "the feminine" as an investigation of their reality: a poetic research project. Curated by Michelle Detorie. Send submissions/suggestions to femmeferal [at] gmail [dot] com.

"Dr Einley explained that even if he caught him and brought him back to the colony he would immediately head back for the mountains. But why? One of these disoriented or deranged penguins ended up showing up at the New Harbor Diving Camp, already some eighty kilometers from where it should be. The rules for the humans are do not disturb or hold up the penguin. Stand still and let him go on his way.

Here he was, heading off to the interior of the vast continent. With some five thousand kilometers ahead of him, he was headed towards certain death.”

— Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Werner Herzog.

(Source: spleenwheel, via caitlinmcguire)

— 3 weeks ago with 109102 notes

harvestheart:

Le flamand rose

La girafe

Body Painting - body art

— 1 month ago with 122 notes
FLINTHEART, PLANCHETTE

FLINTHEART, PLANCHETTE 

Dirty dove, I loved you even 
when you ate the heart 
of a deer — sliver of dark
meat quivering on your tongue-tip, heart-
ache wrought from the tip 
of your knife. The most tender flesh. 
That which you taste
only just after it dies. Barely dead 
it bled to death still beating 
in your hands. Beheld: 
the doe and her fawn, the black
hooves knocking the blue glass 
of the ice, the thicket
lined with the fur 
of a hare, the circle of chalk
where she stood just before 
she fell. Arrowhead — heart-shaped 
bird — feathers flared 
at your tail — that which guides 
you. One heart always seeking 
a place to dive — always seeking 
another with its same beat. 
For a moment we moved
in the same breast —
tongue-tooth to tongue-heart —
heart mouth to mouth 
with all our jagged red teeth. 

-Michelle Detorie

Thought of this old poem when I dug a feather out of the ground today. 

photo of effigy mounds http://www.nps.gov/efmo/index.htm

— 1 month ago with 4 notes
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After-Cave is also about how we are part of and separate from and rub up against the non-human world, what some might call the “natural” world or the “wilderness.” These words go in quotes because conceptually and linguistically they are made things, and what I am attempting to describe is the world that isn’t made by humans but is rather made or co-created and shaped by creatures or weather or other forces which we may or may not be able to detect or name.

The world of After-Cave is a feral landscape, a haunted place of shelters and ruins, burrows and houses, thickets and churches, mountains and factories, mud and schoolyards. Familiar and ethereal structures create incidents of habitat and erasure, wondering about the borders of the feminine, the human, the animal. In other words, it is full of mirrors.

The narrator of After-Cave begins by telling us: “I am 15. Female. Human (I think).” Right away she wishes to be known to us as she is known to herself and others, but she also needs to tell us that her relationship to those terms is uncertain, those categories and markers troubled. She is at the threshold of seeing through language, of knowing and feeling what is most difficult to say, and of knowing and feeling that what is said often hides what is truly known and felt. The parenthetical gesture of disclosing her own confusion is therefore a gesture of intimacy to the reader: she wants to tell you the truth.

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Michelle Detorie, Author’s Statement (via pennymarvel)
— 1 month ago with 6 notes
of hollows (drafting) →

pennymarvel:

yes all women
injurious as dust

of our sharp rock
of spinning into
skies to waters

our rough old sun
so bright for us
so beastly

sweet barbizons,
the tvs & the fires

the private diaries of the saints
the beloved maturities of the women

the fairly cwen, her blousy robes & pinny hairdo

— 1 month ago with 15 notes
Lab mice fear men but not women, and that's a big problem for science →
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