My Ariel

By Sina Queyras

My Ariel
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A poem-by-poem engagement with Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the towering mythology surrounding it. When I am a bitch I feel in such good company. Nice girls never gave me anything but trouble,Eating the ground out from under me, then wavingAs I fall. Pity one has to die to see how ... Read more


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A poem-by-poem engagement with Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the towering mythology surrounding it. When I am a bitch I feel in such good company. Nice girls never gave me anything but trouble,Eating the ground out from under me, then wavingAs I fall. Pity one has to die to see how liberatingBad can be. But what news had I of my own self?Words landed like razors, hours tinkled, suitors arrived. Listen, you'll think otherwise, but I tell you, betrayalIs your Get Out of Jail Free card. Take it,Don't look back. Of course you will. Look back. We always do, we who adore the muscleOf our cashmere cells, a cock that makesOur knees weak. Darlings, don't be sweet,Or serviceable. Don't accommodate,Write in blood or don't bother . ..Where were you when you first read Ariel? Who were you? What has changed in your life? In the lives of women? In My Ariel, Sina Queyras barges into one of the iconic texts of the twentieth century, with her own family baggage in tow, exploring and exploding the cultural norms, forms, and procedures that frame and contain the lives of women.

Sina Queyras

Sina Queyras' first book of poetry, Slip, was published by ECW Press in 2001. She has been a finalist in the CBC National Literary Competition several times for both poetry and fiction. Her poetry has been published widely in anthologies and journals in Canada and the US. Sina grew up in Winnipeg, Vancouver Island and Terrace, BC, was educated at the University of Victoria, UBC and Concordia, where she received her M.A. in creative writing. She currently lives in Brooklyn, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and spends her summers in Toronto.

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