You can read the text of Mother’s Dayhere. You can also watch this video with auto-captions; please switch them on in the settings menu in YouTube.
This poem was originally published in 2018 after I experienced a miscarriage. This Sunday it is Mother’s Day in Australia. Every year I have two poems I post in order to draw awareness to the concepts surrounding motherhood and gender roles and the valorised, socially sanctioned, often unquestioned, myth of the ever-nurturing mother. Miscarriage is a devastating event. Being unable to mother when one wants to is also devastating. Being considered less-than by society for being unable to mother or for choosing not to mother, is blatantly wrong. Mother’s Day is about my miscarriage and about the lack of respect that women who do not mother are subjected to in patriarchal society. In the patriarchy, women are generally only valued in relation to others and what they can do for others, rather than for their own abilities and merits as autonomous individuals. My poem aims to address some of these themes and provides food for thought on a day when so many women feel lonely, less-than, or defective.
This poem was written by my great uncle Harry, who was killed in World War II at age 23. He wrote this poem for his wife Beryl, while he was away at war. You can read the text of the poem here. You can also watch this video with auto-captions; please switch them on in the settings menu in YouTube.
It’s my dear friend Zoë’s birthday and last year I wrote her this poem. I’m so grateful for her wisdom, loyalty and love over more than three decades. You can read the poem here, and you can also turn on auto-captions in the settings menu in YouTube.
I wrote Eggshells while I was stuck in an abusive relationship a couple of years ago. It also refers to my childhood and the environment of fear I grew up in. Abuse tends to repeat and recycle if we don’t address it. If you’d like to read Eggshells, click here. You can also watch this video with auto-captions; turn them on in the settings menu in YouTube.
Are you on Instagram and enjoy my spoken word poems? If so, come follow the Feminist Confessional Instagram account! My shorter poetry readings have been quite popular in the new Reels section of Instagram. Come have a look. Click on this link to access my account, or search for @feministconfessional within the app.