Rosemary Meza-DesPlas Farmington, NM Artist Statement: “Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into being” (Lorde 2007). In her keynote speech at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Lorde (2007) spoke about anger being “a powerful source of energy serving progress and change.” A swell of discontent and frustration settled over the United States at the beginning of 2017 like an ominous cloud about to burst. Prior to the torrential rain, frustration morphed into anger. Held in our nation’s capital, the Women’s March occurred on January 21, 2017 in tandem with sister marches throughout numerous US cities and countries: it galvanized millions of people towards a constructive outlet for their anger. The Women’s March movement left women feeling empowered and unwilling to stay silent any longer. “The remainder of 2017 has served, in retrospect, as an extended march, a cry of protest at the shameful treatment of women in American society” (Austerlitz 2017). Austerlitz, Saul. 2017. “US Culture Year in Review: The Year of Women Breaking Their Silence”. The National. December 27, 2017. https:// www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/us-culture-year-in-review-the-year-of-women-breaking-their-silence-1.691036. Lorde, Audre. 2007. Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde. Berkeley: Crossing Press.
of this ugly destructive project you call progress? We are not a quiet cloud raining sustenance for the leached soil of Mother Earth to continue soaking the life blood of your children [. . .] We murmur in the sky over your manifesto of Development and Destiny, to block the Sunshine over your dirty work,
Berette Macaulay Everett, WA Writer Response: Dear Patriarchy, We are done [with…] this experiment, normalized over multi-millennia to control our lives, our bodies, and even the lives of the conceptually unborn Is it that you think we will birth any more from between our… trembling legs, that we will nurture more . . .
Watch how We (Re)Shape the Light [. . .] Dispossessed, suppressed, oppressed, pieces of us scattered over histories and geographies toward to every future We Will Right . . .every testimony of your reign, . . .to inflict fear upon anyone who is bordered as ‘Other’ We are Perseverance from soil to star dust Screaming, sweating, working [through the hysteria of the masculine misunderstanding] We will no longer whisper in quiet We gave Space, because We are Space, More than half of the bodies, We Are the Whole Work, […] The Mother now rages to save us all And when this Survival work is done, even you, who has lost all you pillaged for, Will thank her. 72
ARTISTS PROVIDE THE IMAGERY. WRITERS RESPOND. TOGETHER OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD. F213 is short for Fahrenheit 213, one degree above the bo...