Welcome Back to HISH!

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Poetry RecommendationsI’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.


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