A new poem, The Pink Look, is up at The Bohemyth. Victoria Kennefick and I exchanged poems, and took to our own separate corners to write something inspired by the other's work. There was a reference to Hestia in the poem I was given, and I decided to run with that. Hestia was the first of Saturn's children. Being weary of a prophecy that foretold of his demise - at the hands of one of children - Saturn took to devouring his each of his children right after their birth. The first to be eaten was Hestia. She was also the last to be disgorged ('born again') when Zeus defeated his father (Zeus was the only one of his children he did not eat - he was tricked, and swallowed a stone instead).
In researching Hestia, I stumbled upon Goya's painting Saturn Devouring His Children. It is vile and deranged and dark - and all of that, in the best way possible. Between the myth and the painting, I set to writing. What result was The pink look - and you can read that here. For her part, Victoria wrote a gorgeous poem, inspired by my poem The New Woman. It is entitled 'Shadow Bird' - I love this line:
'we throw/the bird further from the lamp'
Also, yesterday was International Women's Day. The fine folks at Headstuff.org compiled a list of 20 poems/poets, with myself there, at #19 - 'Dimitra Xidous writes the most beautiful celebrations of the female body. She explores our sensuality and strength as women, in a way that is liberating to read'. Others on the list include Elaine Feeney, Doreann Ni Griofa, Margaret Atwood, and Eavan Boland.
Dimitra Xidous's debut collection 'Keeping Bees" is available now from Doire Press.