After creating the podcast Her Ink Stained Hands, I realised that there was more I could be talking about when I focus on erotic poetry. So, I put the next episode on hold, in order to work out the missions and aims of the project. Like I said in our Introduction episode, I have grown tired of how toxic masculinity and patriarchy taints erotic poetry, tired of poetry written from the perspective of the male gaze.
I began to ask myself… What if we studied poetry written by people that aren’t men – but aren’t necessarily women either? If we decided to look from the perspective of marginalised poets throughout history? To change the gaze from ‘the male gaze’* to anything but? As I thought about this more and more, Her Ink Stained Hands began to emerge as a concept.
Her Ink Stained Hands is the first website and podcast dedicated to studying the history of erotic poets that are marginalised. I have a unique opportunity to cast light on poets that may have been understudied or misrepresented and place them in a historical context you may not have heard before.
So, what will Her Ink Stained Hands consist of?
- Her Ink Stained Hands, The Podcast: I’ll be creating podcast episodes about marginalised erotic poets throughout history, examining their historical context, and the effect their poetry has had on the world. These podcasts will be accompanied by a mini-sode (called Changing the Subject) which focuses on the feminist theory discussed in the episodes before and how this affects my reading of the text.
- Their Ink Stained Hands, The Website: I’ll be publishing interviews with cis women, trans women, and non-binary folk that are erotic poets in the modern era.
- Poetry Recommendations: I’ll be linking to amazing erotic poetry that’s been created by marginalised erotic poets on our Twitter feed @herinkstaindpod and our recommendations page.
So, take a look around. Let me know what you think. And please… if you have an amazing poet we should know about, tell me on Twitter!
*In feminist philosophy, the male gaze is the act of depicting the world and women in the visual arts and in literature from a masculine and heterosexual point of view, which present women as objects of male pleasure. Source: Wikipedia.