Myths & Fairy Tales Project

The links below form part of an ongoing project that I am working on in collaboration with another writer and playwright, in which we are exploring ways to use the motifs and storytelling rhythms of both myths & fairy tales as an approach to addressing and healing from trauma, especially sexual violence.


Fairy Tales

“Tell me instead a bedtime story about the children who save themselves.” (OUAT)

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Poetry:

Snow White
“Wanna bite? the old woman asked / holding out her cherry-red confection”

Cinderella
“I lost my father too, y’know.”

The Little Mermaid
“the sea-witch rummages between her cartilaginous breasts”

Beauty and the Beast
“Next time I’ll…burn your ballroom into ash.

Wizard of Oz
“They say I am the color of envy.

Snow White
“The fuck they mean / ‘fairest of them all’?

Little Match Girl
“strategic as an arsonist”

Sleeping Beauty
“Witnesses disagree what happened next…”

Rapunzel
“KEEP OUT / GIRLS ONLY! CLUBHOUSE”

Prose:

Shorn
“There is no prince. Know that first.”

Skin-Deep
“I was born a shapeshifter.”

Porridge
Even a feral child is not a child forever.

The Writer Dreams of Rivers
“When I look back for the ruby, it is already gone.”

Gingerbread
“Witches get a bad rap.”

A Father’s Daughter’s Hand Firmly Grips the Pen
“Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.”

Red
“The wolf is a lie.”

Once Upon A Time
a self-portrait in potentia

Safe Words
“Snow White didn’t put herself into that glass coffin.”

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Greek Mythology

“A hero needs women, if he is to be greater than just a man.” (This marble…)

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Poetry:

Oedipus
“When Oedipus Was a Woman”

Iphigenia
“what woman’s rage first called down the Furies”

Zeus
“Zeus Tries His Hand at Online Dating;
or: Even Ancient Deities Get the Blues”

Euridice (#2)
“The Gift”

Inanna
“Who has ever ascended unscathed from the Underworld?”

Cassandra (#2)
“The Prophet Cassandra Arrives Late to the Dinner Table”

Oracle of Delphi
“the truth lying, as it always does, somewhere between /
frenzied gibberish and enigmatic prophecy”

Athena (#1)
“Athena Talks to Her Therapist about Zeus”

Athena (#2)
“After Olympus finally fell into disrepair and myth…”

Eurydice and Persephone
“Striking how in myth, it’s always accidents / sending women to hell…”

Telemachus’s Sister
[imagined character from The Odyssey]

Cassandra (#1)
“Cassandra Smokes in Bed”

Prose:

Medea Before the Argonauts
“Somewhere in a story, not yet knowing Jason’s name, Medea dreams…”

First Apple
[Not Greek myth, but still befitting the collection.]

Now turns the fallow earth in grief and also light.
What about Persephone?

The Writer Dreams of Rivers
“To taste from the River Lethe was to drink loss…”

This marble column, gleaming
“Losing one’s body is a gradual process.”

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[Images: “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” by Dave Huth is licensed under CC by 2.0. “Bust of Cassandra” by Max Klinger, c. 1895, Hamburger Kunsthalle via meretricious.tumblr.com.]