|Image by Darryl Joel Berger.|
So...many of the poems in Stowaways came out of an back-and-forth email collaboration with Darryl Joel Berger, a writer/visual artist based in Kingston.
This illustration was the basis for my poem "How to be Angry in Public."
What I liked about this image was that the man and woman were embracing, even though she looks very angry. And how very calm the man looks in comparison. I thought on my own relationship, how M and I each cycle through moods, how we're made angry by different things at different times and how we attempt to deal with that anger.
I am not out-and-out angry very often. But I am very often frustrated.
And then I got to thinking about the work of Sharon McCartney, which very often includes an angry woman, and how it is still very transgressive for women to be angry in public.
So this was a good opportunity to talk about anger and gender, to play with it a little.
I also used the Darryl's text in the poem, specifically as the last line.
Stowaways will be launched May 21 at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg.