It was sitting over a plate of mushu pork pancakes that I first came to understand what was accountable for the night’s considerable and warming sort of success. It was a suburban Chinese restaurant lined in Spartan, oversized décor definitive of a certain excusable and unintended ugliness; clear glass cubes lent the space in between the restaurant’s respective rooms strange clear columns like children’s blocks piled out of uniform stacking; oversized photographic prints of Asian women looking out of dark eyes and kimonos composed of fire-truck red and salmon pink monopolized the walls; hangar-like windows looked out on the scenery of a suburban parking lot which in the summers birthed the triangles of barbecue and potato-rounds and beignet food tents.
Last year, a speaker came to our school for our bi-annual Development Day, a day in which the student body would participate in activities relating to personal development. This speaker was a filmmaker, a storyteller of women's stories. We listened to her discuss the oppression of girls, the misogyny present in everyday life, and the changes we could implement to enforce the concept of gender equality. When it was time for the Q&A session, a girl came up. "How," she asked, "can I, as a woman of color, become a part of the movement to advocate for the feminism you speak of when women of color face very different problems?" The question rang in the air; we waited for the speaker's response, expecting it to have a meaningful impact -- or at least, some sort of an acknowledgement of the very different category of marginalization.
We were so blown away by the beautiful and talented Meggie Royer and her two poems in Issue 3, that we had to invite her to talk about her experiences as a poet, where she finds her inspiration, how she uses poetry as a healing tool, and so much more. Continue reading for the entire interview!
*please note, this interview was edited slightly for reading purposes.
...On Poetic Inspiration, Female Empowerment, and Catharsis
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