Changing the Subject

Our introductory episode, written before we revised our mission statement. You can find the details of our new direction here


TRANSCRIPT: If you’ve looked for the best of erotic poetry, you’ll discover an overwhelming proportion of it has apparently been written by men. Whether it’s William Blake, Lord Byron, Catullus, e. e. cummings, or John Donne, the male objectification, hackneyed cliches about the whiteness of their lover’s limbs, of wantonness, virtue, gentleness, or angels, it can be overwhelming. I’m done looking at the world with a male gaze. So, I’m changing the subject. I’m Alex Massey and welcome to Her Ink Stained Hands.

I’ve been digging through the archives for women I love. Poetry that I would read out over a good cocktail in a dimly lit pub with friends and lovers. Poems that elicit gasps, laughter, a roll of the eyes, and flushed cheeks. If we’ve ever sat down and had a drink together, I’ve probably regaled you with tales of fifteenth century Welsh odes to the cunt or an Australian polyamorous poet from the early twentieth century. This podcast is the love child of those conversations, huddled close over gin and whisky, punctuated with giggles and shining eyes.

This is a podcast that celebrates the feminine gaze. I want to bring new light to female poets obscured by history. There is far more to historical poetry than just  Sappho and Dickinson.

Each episode, we’ll be diving into the works of female poets, and seeing what they have to say about love, lust, romance, intimacy, and the erotic. Each one will be in two parts. The first will focus on the poetry itself, through a live reading. The second will dive into the context of the poem, the poet’s life, their history, how it has been received over the years, and the importance it has had to the history of poetry.

So, with that all said and our introductions done… why don’t you pour a drink, sit back, and relax? Let’s change the subject. Welcome to Her Ink Stained Hands.

CREDITS: All our artists and guests are carefully selected with the aim to celebrate the feminine. Thank you to Nguyen Tran of Brass Ringo Photography, photographer Daphne Mir, and model Kaitlin Cornelle for granting us permission to use their gorgeous portraits of ink stained subjects in our cover art. Thank you to sound designer Liz Duck-Chong for the use of her recording equipment and her skilled editing. We’ve not yet found suitable music by a female instrumentalist or sound artist, so if there is anyone you would recommend, send us an email or at us on Twitter!

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