The poems in Girl Torpedo address gendered injustice and the ways in which violence against women is often condoned or ignored. Rife with sass and swagger, these poems are reclamation spells, war cries, elegies for girlhood stolen, and amulets for the unborn. They chart the delights and dreads of mother-love and wrestle with the responsibility of living in both privilege & marginalization, especially in terms of negotiating power of the body. Invoking a sisterhood of survival with language rendered in velocity and volatility, Girl Torpedo wants to sink the old battleship and resurface whole.
THE THINGS A BODY MIGHT BECOME
The poems in The Things a Body Might Become explore body as weapon, sacrifice/offering, sex symbol, commerce, cartoon, flawed idol, victim, perpetrator, wreckage, and bridge/vessel. However, as much as this collection is about the body, it is also about the conflict of living in relative safety while the world is aflame and the speaker’s quest for belief–be it religious, spiritual, superstitious, political–and the making/creation of self. There is a hope for reclamation of the self and body, a taking back of power through force, surrender, and birth/rebirth.