Confess: The Untold Story of Dorothy Good is a collection of poems scheduled to be published in October 2020 by TwistiT Press. These poems follow the life of the youngest accused witch at the Salem Witch Trials. Dorothy was four years old when a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was put into the same jail as her mother, who was pregnant with her sister at the time. Dorothy had been deemed a ‘problem’ by other accusers because she used to bite other children and act out. She was examined and coerced to confess that her mother was a witch. Dorothy stayed in jail with her mother, where her sister was eventually born and subsequently died. Though Dorothy was released from jail, she suffered lifelong problems from the trauma of these events.
How many other “Dorothy’s” do we have in our society from Salem and beyond that have been subjected to mob rule at the encouragement of the patriarchy? How often will group think continue to rule us? How long will women continue to turn on each other and tear each other apart?
This collection explores both the known and unknown elements of Dorothy’s life circumstances. Research involves arrest warrants and trial transcripts from Salem, as well as texts written by historians on the history of witchcraft and religion. My deep dive included readings of Daemonolgie by King James I (1597) and Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) by Heinrich Kramer (1487). Beyond the known history, the poetry extends Dorothy’s story and imagines the effects these events had on her young adulthood.
Catch a sneak peek of the collection by reading “A Hex On All Your Houses” published by Burning House Press. You can also find a piece of the collection, “Criminalis Carolina” published in Nightingale & Sparrow’s Issue #3 “Heat”, available for purchase on Amazon
Anatomy of A Dress, a poetry chapbook, is scheduled to be published in December 2019 by The Hedgehog Poetry Press
You can also read some of the poetry from this collection here Anatomy of A Dress
Little Ordinary Things
Little Ordinary Things a poetry collection. This collection was inspired by my experiences coming out of an abusive relationship. It delves into the little ordinary moments that made me realize just how toxic my situation was and ultimately led me to seek a new life.
Patriarchy for Sale: Buyer Beware is a work in progress. I started writing this chapbook after watching some films and listening to some music that I had probably heard and seen hundreds of times before. As I watched, I began to understand just how deeply the patriarchy has wiggled itself into my brain. I realize now, more than ever, that this institution has groomed and indoctrinated women to be pleasing and controlled. These poems create space to reconsider traditional narratives and labels that have been sold to women and seeks to inform their behavior and decision making. Though there are a lot of overt influences, often times the subtleties go unnoticed. Changing any narrative must begin with a better understanding of the patriarchal language which has created a syntax and subtext that has at its roots a subversive misogynistic agenda.