SURGE in performance—and the text itself—embraces a fluid understanding of gender. When I say “girl," I map a constellation of experiences that have to do with both the name & role assigned to me by cultural structures, and my own choices about how to hold, defy, transmute or subvert this name.
("Again and again, I remind myself that pleasure is a part of taking on and taking off a name," Susan McCabe writes in Feminaissance.)
I imagine that the word “girl” can encompass qualities in each of us if we so desire and choose, with potential for all gender expressions. I love this talk, Embrace your inner girl, by Eve Ensler. In it, she describes a "girl cell," qualities held by all humans that include empathy, compassion, vulnerability, uncanny knowing, and the ways in which patriarchy has suppressed these qualities of deep feeling in us. How domination, nation-building, and the ravaging of the earth thrives when we disown these qualities.
I dream into how our inner girls can re-draw all the maps, from lush green tendrils curling over concrete, from the bones of stars, from indefatigable love.
It is my hope that SURGE can lend courage to anyone who wants to embrace their capacity for tenderness, for desire, for deep feeling. And spark conversations that revise the language: so our tongues can taste more and more of who we are. So that we can know visions of wholeness as we learn to name ourselves, and to be remembered by each other.
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winter solstice poetry & sound bath
THURSDAY, DEC 21st 2017 ~ 7-9pm ~ The Future 2223 E. 35th St MPLS
We come together to journey deep into the longest night: to honor winter solstice as we invite integration within a womb of poetry, sound and song.
A collectively held space to rest & receive the gifts of the dark.
Gentle togetherness & spacious inner-turning. Beckoning you to spiral into the mysteries within, carried on currents of imagery, voices, sound and silence.
Bring a blanket/yoga mat if you'd like to lay down for the journey, or we'll have some benches/cushions to sit on.
SURGE is a book of wild girls and fierce tenderness, poetry of Opal’s own initiatory feminine journey. SURGE explores the power and vulnerability of being the creature called a “girl” in our culture, and discovers ways to heal and love the girls inside us, inside each other. Reviewers have praised SURGE as “a tidal wave of feral feminism,” and “a bold reclamation...a wild, glorious mothering” of “the raped girl, the hurt girl, the not-good girl” in each of us (Reviews by poets Andrea Rexilius, Marcela Sulak).
What tenacious love can we revive for the daughters of our daughters of our daughters? How are we held by our ancestral mothers and grandmothers?
In this time of year, the veil grows thin between the worlds of the living and the dead.
We invoke the spirits of deep feminine holding, for our tenderness, our wrath, our grief.
The wise & wild ones who knew the whole world worthy of reverence: as we knew when we were girls who named each tree, sang the flowers open, embraced multiplicity, bewilderment, mystery.
We invoke these ones in direct response to the misogyny, racism, violence, and neglect our time has laid bare. We invoke these ones—between the worlds, outside of time—for the girls we were, are yet, or were never permitted to be. And for the girls who are still on their way.
Poetry performance followed by an optional ancestral writing practice for audience members, and a book signing. Copies of SURGE will be available for $15 each.
what am i missing? the light that streams from a girl - for the taking? no - go back see to it - nothing was taken cells reconstitute themselves as orbs of rose light