“The menace of mimicry is its double vision which in disclosing the ambivalence of colonial discourse also disrupts its authority.”
– Homi Bhabha , Of Mimicry and Man
In 2017, pink pussy hats became a divisive piece of protest apparel at Women’s Marches around the world. GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times, with its pink-toned cover and bold alliterative title, captures the same outspoken energy and political zeal as hatted protestors unabashedly chanting for bodily autonomy. But its contents delve far deeper than knitted hats ever could.
To be incarnate is to have a body, especially a human body. It is also to have a spirit that is made comprehensible through the gift of form. Severson-Baker is most definitely incarnate in both these senses in such poems as “Of.” In it, she writes “the opening of the orgasm was black.” This black […]