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I am REAL – Sunday Features 13/2/11

The features today are all centred upon the theme of the discussion we have been having in The Cafe about things in our lives that make us want to scream. They may be huge issues, or just something not so big, but which keeps on happening. It may be issues about beauty, ageing or the way in which we are perceived by others.

The poems and art featured here all reflect these emotions. Every image and poem shows awareness, determination and strength.

I chose Sybille’s poem Listen to start off the features, as it so powerfully screamed our need to be REAL. I teamed it with Tamarra’s amazing image, Maid, Mother & Crone . Not an obvious paring, but in both the image and the poem, we are celebrating our own realities, and rejecting the stereotypes.

MAID MOTHER CRONE by Tammera

Listen by Sybille Sterk

in the dull soup of day-to-day
we play our roles as proscribed
names become labels of the things we do
echoes of you and me fade to grey

in the world of shadows
ghosts of a brighter past float from room to room
sounds of a different life wither and die
nothing remains and nothing is what it seems

out of the white noise of
the voices on TV and cars rushing by
the wind howling and birds singing
the stair creaking and the silent tears

hear me scream

I AM REAL

 

Broken by Berns, and Shackles by Laura Broussard, seemed to go so well together. The dramatic and powerful image showing to me what happens when we are shackled by others. Laura’s emotive poem is equally strong in her determination not to let this happen any more.

Broken… by Berns

 

 

Shackles by Laura Broussard

Oh, Shackles………

Why do you trap me?
Only you and I, know the answers.

Shackles,
You entrap me.

Shackles?
Yes, you……., shackles…..

I won’t play by your rules anymore.
I am getting ready to throw you to the curb.

You won’t get away with entrapping me,……..
….. much longer.

I am going to smelt your hard metal,
and make you into a beautiful necklace, ….
for myself.

No longer will I allow you to make me suffer.
I will make you into a beautiful necklace.
I will take the power away from you.

No longer will you “shackle” me.
Feel the heat of the smelting pot,……..
as I pour you into a beautiful cast, ………
and wear you around my neck,
as a reminder of all the shit, ………
you have put me through.

No, …………
I won’t be shackled by you any longer.
I will change you,
and you will be the beautiful reminder ……..
around my neck.
Shackles…….,
Goodbye.

February 10, 2011.

I placed dmcart’s amazing and haunting image I together with Jenifer’s powerful poem Hidden Needle In The Haystack by Jenifer De Bellis because both seem to be questioning the issue of ‘Who am I?” With both the image and the poem, we ar left in no doubt about the answers. Both are about a voyage of self discovery.

 

 

I by dmcart

Hidden Needle In The Haystack by Jenifer De Bellis

I’m the discarded grocery bag caught on the top of the tree.
The one blowing in the wind while the world rushes by,
reaching, always reaching for a sky beyond my reach.

I’m the overstocked spoon dispenser in a knife and fork world.
Waiting in the masses of loneliness to be the lucky chosen one,
squirming, always squirming for a chance just out of reach.

I’m the nickel and two dimes when it only accepts quarters.
Summing the equation’s three parts doesn’t equal the whole –
longing, always longing for something to add up right.

I’m the odd girl out in a sea of swarming rainbow fish,
swimming while struggling to stay afloat in uncharted waters,
treading, always treading just outside the restricted areas.

But I am not the cookie cut out from the gingerbread mold.
That one was bought for a quarter, eaten with a knife and fork,
and her crumbs became lost at sea once the bag flew away.

feminine by moyo is a hauntingly beautiful photo, and speaks to us about issues of femininity, sexuality and vulnerability. It shows a beautiful young woman in her prime. It gives a background, I think, to the strong poem by April Mansilla, – My Make Up, which speaks of youth, beauty, and the inevitable process of ageing that we all face.

feminine by moyo

My Make Up by April Mansilla

And it came back
No excuse me
Just right there
Dropping the inkwell
Into my mind
Dispersing the thoughts
I have tried and failed
To keep bottled up

But I know I must take them

And all the bright colours
Won’t take this away
And bring back my once upon a time
Or I wonder about this ,that and oh the other
Things

I have not worn my
Masquerade for ?
I dress in the same clothes
I fall asleep in
My face bare
With no trace of beauty left

You should see me now
I want to say to those who only
Took me at face value

Still want that snow white kiss?
I am decaying.

and I put on my favourite song on
and just kill time to feel
the melancholy that used to be
good

once upon my time

It is a fine
“fin”
Line…

I open my eyes and wait

 

 

The poignant and yet powerful image Yesterday by Geraldine Maddrell so beautifully illustrates the poem by Cynthia Lund Torroll Daisy Daunted. Both the image and poem have a feeling of sadness and inevitability, but also in both there is a feeling of celebration of the lives lived. I love them both so much.

Yesterday by Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell

Daisy Daunted by Cynthia Lund Torroll

At almost eighty, some petals stay –
They have turned inward, slightly curled
and yellowed on the edges.

Her golden core has turned to brown
from years of smoke and sedative
and lack of air and light.

She is toxic.
The breath from my lungs
is compromised.
It is a struggle to sit
this close, to hold her hand
and not slump also.

On good days I can shrug
and float on top, more the
observer – sending care and pats
of simple reassurance.

She needs so little really –
thirty minutes of diversion –
no conversation of
any weight or effort –
just some eye locks
to start the shift.

She sits straighter,
a few drops do it.
She is funny,
She alights
when she forgets who
she’s become…

The poem, My Way by Maggie Summers, highlights the need for us all to be ourselves. She writes so beautifully.
I teamed this with the powerful image from m-mission which I think is a real motivator for us all. m-mission explains…”VENUS HAIR..RUTILATED QUARTZ KNOWN AS THE ILLUMINATOR OF THE SOUL.” I think that both the image and the poem illuminates our struggles and, hopefully, give us the energy and motivation to keep going, however hard the odds.

 

 

THE ILLUMINATOR by m-mission

My Way by Maggie Summers

I have tried
so very hard
to be everything you wanted me to be
and still
I have
failed

‘tho this time I know
it’s not my fault
nor yours
it’s just the way
life is

but I cannot compete
with a hated faceless stranger
for your attention
nor hide in the shadow
you keep me in
while you decide if
I am worth bringing out
into the light
for everyone
to see

if it’s taken you this long
to realise how brightly I shine
then you can’t be looking
that
hard

no blame
no game
I let go of the need to need
and I let go
of the desperate longing
to be
loved

there is no way forward
but mine…


The Flaw In Women” Sunday Features 23/1/11

“The Flaw In Women”

The features today are inspired by the wonderful image from NumandisArt entitled A Woman’s Worth
With the image comes a poem, extolling the virtues of women, and the poem ends with the lines…
“HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.”

So, the features today are a reminder of the strengths that we posses, even in dire and extreme circumstances.

I apologise to all our writers that all the features are art this week. There were so many strong and powerful images that I had chosen twelve before I had realised. Next week I will choose twelve writers. Promise!!

 

a woman’s worth… by NumandisArt

 

Melancholy, by Marles Odenhal moved me. The pain and pathos on her face portrays so well the whole feelings of melancholy or sadness, and my heart went out to all our sisters who suffer from this. I also felt that the image simultaneously shows the strength that is inside, and enables us to get through and survive. Beautifully created using rich and passionate colours.

Melancholy, by Marles Odenha

 

Deja Vu by the talented Dorina Costras also gives the feeling of sadness and time passing by. Once again however, the same feeling of strength below the surface. Beautifully painted in warm and subtle colours we are left in no doubt that this woman has been in this situation before, and will be there agin – but that she is strong and will triumph is not in doubt.

Deja vu by dorina costras

It is so great to see the art of Helene Ruiz in the feature gallery again. Helen is one of the most original and powerful artists that I have come across. In Hey, What’s the big idea we see a familiar theme of life being a game in which all the odds are stacked against us. The Joker at the top of the image smiling at his own mischief, looks downwards, master of all he surveys. But I can hear Helene responding with ” well, that what he thinks!”

Hey! What’s the big idea? by helene ruiz

 

Alice! Is that you!! In Da Bronx!!?? is self explanatory. Like all of her other work is is brimful with symbolism. It exudes life, love, disaster, renewal. I simply love it.

Alice! Is dat you!! In Da Bronx!!?? by helene ruiz

Got Doubt by Anji Johnston explores the substance of doubt. It captured me, because we all doubt ourselves at times, and here, Anji made me feel that we do in fact have a choice to embrace the positives or the negatives. We are the mistress of our own destiny. I love it.

Got Doubt? by Anji Johnston

 

A second feature for Marles Odenhal with her amazing image Frankfurt Underground. It is a deeply atmospheric image showing the streetwalkers of the city. Thestreetwalkers are hazy and ill defined – but so powerful at the same time. It made me stop and reflect on the inner strength these women must need to survive the work day after day.

Frankfurt Underground by Marlies Odehnal

The powerful image by Selkie entitled Dumb is another moving and strong image from her “Deaf, Dumb and Blind” series. This one is so powerful, and together with the others in the series, reminds us of the pain involved in not speaking out, not seeing and not hearing or understanding. Foe Selkie, this was, I think, a personal series, based on her experiences, but is stood out for me as an analogy for all the feminists who have found the strength and courage not to become deaf, blind or dumb about their own situations.

Dumb by Selkie

 

And she sold home remedy medicine at the market
by madworld
is a wonderful image of an older woman, with all her life experience shining through. Again, a great example of the indomitable spirit of so many women. I love it.

And she sold home remedy medicine at the market by madworld

 

The strength of women once again shines through the fabulous image Mother’s Love – Varanasi
by Tatum Wulff
In all Tatum’s travel photos we catch the most intimate glimpses of the lives of women in societies where life is hard. The women show a strength and depth that makes us want want to celebrate their courage.

Mother’s Love – Varanasi by Tatum Wulff

 

Surrender
by Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell
is a great image, full of hope and determination. In Geraldine’s words, “There is something deep inside that longs to just surrender, let the struggle and self consciousness go”
I think we can all relate to that. A beautiful image.

Surrender by Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell

 

Kasumi
by Ming Myaskovsky
is an image of a woman that seems to express femininity and also determination. It expresses beauty, hope, vulnerability and strength. I love it.

Kasumi by Ming Myaskovsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stone Cold Foxy – Sunday Features 16/01/11

The features today were inspired by Margaret Bryant – her emotive image and the phrase – “Stone Cold Foxy” created a a concept which really piqued my imagination.
I hope you will enjoy all the images and writing featured today.

“Stone Cold Fox Says Reading Is Sexy”: Margaret Bryant

I have been enamored of the expression “stone cold fox” since yesterday. So it had to be in the title. All women should tell themselves everyday that they are stone cold foxes, it just makes you feel good.
There is a great John Waters quote about the sexiness of reading -“We need to make reading sexy again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have any books, don’t fuck them.”

Stone Cold Fox Says Reading Is Sexy



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Valentina 63

Concerto by Valentina63
Sometimes,
I am the composer
re thinking every note,
timing every moment.
Sometimes,
I am the pianist
hammering my will on every key,
my mind’s fingers dancing prestissimo.
Sometimes,
I am the piano
lying silent,
waiting at the mercy
of each human stroke and tampered fate.
But Sometimes, READ MORE

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Be Careful With My Paper Heart by Lea Michelle

Feeling torn, crumpled and a little worn thin…A self portrait.

Be Careful With My Paper Heart by Lea Michelle

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bjeliMis

Paper Made by  bjeliMis”

These ragtime days in paper towns on paper trains with paper sounds
We got a lot coming but don’t know where from
These are the dirty yesterdays
Of cracked puddles not yet done
The street lamps a fluttering so you best catch up
That light goes out and you’re done
Don’t forget all the wrappings and trimmings so nice
The wind cuts your face and burns your eyes like spice
So press that coat a little closer because that’s all you have left
You are paper made…… READ MORE
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Longing for Happy Hippy days Berns

Xativa, Spain. This Lady, seems pensive, perhaps longing for those bygone days of the Hippys. In a crowded market, she seemed to distance herself from all around her, standing pensively looking at nothing, except perhaps her past.

Longing for Happy Hippy days… by Berns

 


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ShadowDancer

leaving winter behind by ShadowDancer

you want to focus on the present
as if you were suddenly grown up and matured
‘the past is the past’, so you say
and as these words fly from your lips
like little black birds flying south,
in your numb blue haze of reality
(the universe of shadows you live in)
you don’t even realize
that I have become …. READ MORE
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Disappointment by Geraldine Maddrell

The gap in my stomach widens
my legs turn to jelly
groans vomit themselves
as I take in the facts

Disappointment by Geraldine Maddrell

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Sybille Sterk

Wondering by Sybille Sterk

I told you
to go away
to jump off a cliff
to leave for Neverland

I shouted and screamed
I stomped my foot and
I turned my back

I hurled poison darts at you
I shot you with a gun and
I stabbed you deep

I kicked you
I hit you
I drowned you
in ugly words and accusations
in bitter tears and threats
in cold smiles and haughty looks

And still you’re here
Asking for more…

Which makes me wonder…… READ MORE

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Norma Jeane by Anita Inverarity

Another in my series of “Tragic Beauties”. Remembering the ordinary women in history who were trust into the spotlight and through misfortune and a tragic end to their lives are remembered forever as victims.
A Homage to Norma Jeane AKA Marilyn

Norma Jeane by Anita Inverarity

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BeautifulDreamer

What’s Mine is Mine by BeautifulDreamer
I’m not giving up my dreams. The texture and weight of them have seen me through many a storm. The anticipation of their fulfillment has comforted me when no human comfort could be found. I’ve gazed into the very heart of my dreams, lulled into a state of contentment by their sheer beauty.
I’ve discovered along the rocky terrain I’ve traversed (in weather fair and foul) that not many traveling companions are worthy of sharing my dreams. I’ve dared not whisper them to one and all; I’ve hidden my heart away, and sighed over the necessity of doing so.
I’ve felt the sting of betrayal enough times to make my sense of caution a vital part of my vagabond’s stock in trade. My lifestyle would not suit all, for infrequently I’ve discarded the shallow, the frivolous, the spurious. I’ve no use for small talk and flattery. I’ve learned that not everyone is worthy of my trust, just as I’ve learned to keep my own counsel as much as possible. To those worthy of my confidences (and I’ve found these to be few, and far between), my sense of loyalty and friendship know no bounds.
If you are invited into easy intimacy with me, we must have a vision in common. Your vision needn’t mirror or duplicate mine, but there must be some common denominator which enables you to recognize the beauty of my unique dreams. I must be able to catch the passion of yours, and respect the sturdy simplicity of their construction.
I’m not giving up my dreams. .. READ MORE
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Behind The Mask by Vickie Bodie

Behind The Mask by Vickie Bodie

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wildwomenlove

The I as mirror by wildwomenlove

You sat
in the conviction
of my abstinence

squirming

in the face
of your own addiction

I did not
judge
you
only walked
alone
by your side

You swam
in the loneliness
of your solitude

telling

large stories
of your sexual exploits

as I kept my
long term relationship
small… READ MORE

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Agnes Trachet

Whilst you are here – do pop in and take a look at the work of Agnès Trachet – our Featured Artist for January. Her work is simply stunning.

xx

Anna


Substance – Midweek Features 9/1/11

The features this week have been inspired by the work of Kallena Kucers. Although I am very familiar with Kallena’s art, everytime I come across her work I am have a surge of recognition and understanding of who she is and what she is saying. I always want to rest awhile in the images, where the more you look the more there is to see. Her work is both explosive and enigmatic at the same time.

The image this week that really struck me is “Substance (series 5) where the ephemeral being is suspended between emotional states. It is both moving and shocking, and also so very clever.

So, all the images this week have that same sense of substance – of lack of it. The images are layered with ambiguity and demand that we look closely to understand them.

Substance - Series 5 by Kallena Kucers

In “Virtue of Opposites” by Zeb Shaffer, we are invited to explore that knife edge between love and hate. It is strong, powerful and deliberately ambiguous. Zeb writes… There is a razors edge that one walks blindly along with bare feet: between the feeling of pure love and pure hate. The slightest breeze becomes a tempest that can push one to fall on ether side in the blink of an eye and send one tumbling into the chasms of the abyss. This abyss is fertile breeding ground for the creative spirit. It is often the very womb that births the greatest art.

“Virtue of Opposites” by Zeb Shaffer

“Tears Of Fire” by Angela Burman, also explores the issues of love and loss, trust and betrayal. It is moving and strong. She connects the image to the poem by Dorothy Walters which finishes with these haunting lines..
The air here holds only emptiness,
a little dust stirring.
I think there will be wind tonight,
and the camels will cry out
in their sleep.

“Tears Of Fire” by Angela Burman

Thelma Van Rensburg is an artist whose wry look at ourselves as women, always makes me smile, and yet, with the humour comes a deep poignancy – a theme that runs throughout her work. In “Paper Doll pin-up” we see the streotypical 1950’s woman – obsessed as ever with body size and shape. In this enigmatic and ‘simple’ image, Thelma shows us just how insubstantial is this whole concept.

bows, 2010 by Thelma Van Rensburg

Geraldine Madrell is one of my favourite artists for her irreverent humour and for the overall power and depth of her work. This one is sheer fun, and in it, she describes so well the feelings we all have about the substance of our lives as women.

Cinder’s Was Feeling Somewhat Unappreciated! by Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell

“My patchwork Heart” by Leni Kae is a rich and vibrant image, that shows strength as well as vulnerability. It explores the substance of love and relationships. It ends with the repeated belief that love will mend this broken heart that has been repeatedly damaged by love itself.
In Leni’s own words…
The lady in this artwork cradles her ‘patchwork heart’. It is a heart that has experienced much in terms of love, heartache, pain, joy, sadness, and each patchwork piece tells part of her story. It has been some time since she has felt the pieces together, but she decides that the time has come for her story to be understood, and for her heart itself to feel again.

The background of the artwork is like the patchwork landscape of her past, and represents her thoughts. The length of her flowing red hair shows the strength of her spirit; whilst it touches her past, her cradled focus is the key to her future…Love.

My Patchwork Heart by Leni Kae

“Bad Day” by Marlana Marry is an emotional and dramatic image combining all the different elements that have led to this feeling of emotional hurt and imprisonment, whilst at the same time not giving over to self-pity.

Bad Day by Marlana Marry

“The Little Odd” by Nikki Ella Whitlock, is an intriguing image, full of symbolism. I do not claim to fully understand it, but find myself looking at it again and again. For me, it is a dichotomy of innocence and experience and of pain and pleasure. Again, it makes me question what substance sustains and what destroys. A clever and profound image.

The Little Odd by Nikki Ella Whitlock

Marlies Odenhal is relatively new to Pink Panther, but already her work is imapacting here. In “Imprisonment” she gives us much food for thought. The image hints at cultural differences in the lives of women, but also begs us to ask the question about the lives of women as a whole.

Imprisonment by Marlies Odehnal

Cate Legnoverde’s image “Untitled” is a self-protrait. A shimmering, transparent body, which yet has real substance and form. It is so clever, and so very beautiful. I love it.

Untitled by Cate Legnoverde

“Fate of the two faced” by Margaret Bryant, is part of the wonderful ‘Mandy’ series. Margaret explores the issues of women in a light-hearted and fun way. Although she makes us smile, there is always a message with a punch in each one. Her she explores deception and lies, and what happens to those who practice to deceive. Foe me – it also makes me think of the whole issue of plastic surgery and the ‘deception’ inherent in this form of self-torture.

Fate of the Two-Faced by Margaret Bryant

Continuing with the theme of deception, I could not resist another image from Thelma Van Rensburg from her paper doll pin-up series. It is strong, ambiguous, both fun and serious at the same time. The woman here has no real substance, her body and face distorted and contorted as she also practices to deceive. But, Thelma has also made her seem very real.

Deception 2008 by Thelma Van Rensburg


First Features of the New Year – hope, determination and pride.

To celebrate the new year, we have some beautful art and writing from several of our new members, as well as some from our ‘oldies’. It is so heartening to see the quality of work that is coming into the group.

This week, I have chosen art and poems that show different facets of ourselves as women, and which exude strength, pride in being a woman, and the will to overcome any difficulties.

Congratulations to you all.

PARADISE MOON by Tammera

 

FROM ONE PRINCESS TO ANOTHER by IrisR

Once upon a time, or so the story begins of a story being told
about a Princess’s happiness being spoiled by wicked witches
or wizards, sometimes to be shackled into a lonely castle, a deep state of deathlike sleep or into a cage of gold. We have all been fascinated by them since we were little girls. Why?  READ ON…..

 

Beast, 2010 by Thelma Van Rensburg

 

Selfish footsteps by wildwomenlove
As the Earth turns

so many women
dancing around tables
bringing offerings
of food and love
gifting of their nurture     READ ON…

 

LOVE ME or.. LEAVE ME.. by anaisanais

 

You are a slice by bjeliMis

You are white bread
You must not be brown, or whole, or rye
You must be white
You must be sliced evenly and accordingly
Your packages must all have the same amount
And you must always be “Wonder”-ful   READ ON…

 

Goodbye 2010…Thank goodness you are over! by TamLocke

 

cutting the ropes from the fall by Shadow Dancer

those moments
when we resided in each others hearts
began to fade
leaving traces
of old lavender
wrapped between my fingers  READ ON…

 

 

Waiting – Light by SusannaRouto

 

On the Cusp of Womanhood by Beautifuldreamer
On the cusp of womanhood a girl’s rounded cheeks become more angular
as the innocent chin of childhood defines itself into a force to be reckoned with.
Emerging hips, carved exquisitely out of a wealth of peaceful slumbers,
or cruelly hacked from brutal use,
complement the swell of newly formed breasts, risen mysteriously overnight
like mounds of bread dough covered in chaste cotton cloths.  READ ON…

 

Last resort of an open mind. by Zeb Shaffer

 

Gratitude For Nothing by H.M.Bascom

Excuses, excuses and gratitude for naught
I found the fantasy which I long sought
Thank you thank you mister corporate man  READ ON…

 

 

 

 

 

 


Midweek Features 22/12/2010

There is so much wonderful art and writing coming into the group at the moment, that choosing just six of each is proving all too difficult. All of these are great examples of strong and powerful feminist art. I hope you will enjoy them.

Feminist Art Evolution of Woman by Maggie Vlazny

“Evolution of A Woman by Maggie Vlazny” is an image so full of vitality and hope, that I could not resist it. “Our mouths and bodies speak for us in a new language, as the trees shake loose a rain of petals that stick to our slickness like skins we will wear forever. And just like that, I am changed.”
— Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing)”

Mandy Oversees A New Recruit’s Haircut by Margaret Bryant

The whole Mandy series by Margaret Bryant, are images that are filled with fun, yet each one has a poignant and strong message. I love the whole take -off of Barbie who is being given a whole new persona in this wonderful series. Here, “Mandy watches as a new recruit to the Inner Circle of Mandytude recieves her initation buzzcut. Mandy does not believe that hair makes the woman.”

Alone by Anita Inverarity

“Alone” by Anita Inverarity, is a poignant view into a woman coming to terms with disability. Part of the ‘Style Stealer’ series, Anita illustrates a range of emotions so beautifully. This one moves me to tears.

TO THE LIGHT… by m-mission

“To The Light” by m mission takes us on an abstarct journey from darkness to light. I love the way she uses her precious gems to describe so well a whole range of emotion. here, it is a depiction of ‘fragments of a woman’.

Unspoken by Lacey Scarbro

“Unspoken” by Lacey Scarbro is a lithograph on bright white rag paper.This image portrays the deep, dark, haunting feeling that comes with the inability to free what is secretly kept inside the soul. The dramatic black and white abstract really does convey the whole range of feelings of not being able to express yourself.

I Can Take Care of Myself by Katz Karma

A feminist, fun-filled Red Riding Hood which I could not resist. I just love her attitude and the strong message that accompanies it.

The poetry featured this week is moving, emotional and strong. I love every one so much.

Margaret Bryant

Understatement by Margaret Bryant

“Understatement” is a sparse, emotion filled poem that manages to say so much in so few words. I love it.

BeautifulDreamer

Spring Cleaning by Beautiful Dreamer

I am such a fan of Beautifuldreamer’s poetry. I think she has so much to say about growing up in an abusive environment, and she says it with a voice that we have to heed. Here is another very short but emotion packed poem that is incredibly powerful and moving.

Helua

The Ice Age Goddess of Night and Day by Helua

I chose ‘Helua’ for its originality and power, bringing new insights into the goddess. Although I am still not convinced that if God had been a woman she would have allowed so much badness in the world!

Valentina

The Lucky Country by Valentina

I think that ‘The Lucky Country’ is Valentina at her best, reminding us of the differences between what happened to the early immigrants into the US and our current views and mistreatment of the immigrants who want to arrive now. It is a triumph.

Iris R

My Ever After by Iris R

“My Ever After’ is a stunning reflection of a woman coming towards the end of her life. Full of musings about life and how she would like to be remembered. It is moving and powerful.

BjeliMis

Fur Elise by bjeliMis

A gentle and haunting poem, bjeliMis reminds us of those beautiful moments of first meeting. Using few words to leave us with the haunting beauty that was first love.

 

 

Congratulations to you all, and thank you for submitting such wonderful work to Pink Panther.

xx

Anna and Sybille


Sunday Features 12/12/2010

A new venture this week. Sybille and I have each chosen six images, each representing a different view of ourselves as women. Each one shows a strength and emotion within ourselves, and each one tells a story. Together, they celebrate many different facets of our personalities.

We hope you will enjoy them.

Wind and Rain by Agent 7

 

Untitled by dmcart

 

The Red Nose by Agnès Trachet

 

A Chair For my Heart, please by Elisabeta Hermann

 

Black Orchid - Secret Keeper Series by Sybille Sterk

 

What We Carry by Carol Stocki

Southern Serenity by Lea Michelle

 

The Story of Frozen Dreams by Dorina Costras

The Bridge by moonspiral

 

Utai by Manolya F

 

Who Cares by Kallena Kucers

 

The Last Party by AnimiDawn