Title

Philogyny #2

Document Type

Original Creative Work

Publisher

WA Poets Inc

Place of Publication

Inglewood, WA

School

School of Arts, Regional Professional School, ECU South West Research Centre

RAS ID

15951

Comments

This work was originally published as : McKenzie, V. (2013). "Philogyny #2." In Liana Joy Christensen (Ed.), Poetry d'Amour 2014: Love poems, (pp. 134). Inglewood, Western Australia: WA Poets Inc.

Abstract

Background: The work is in traditional Shakespearean sonnet form, which has a long association with love poems, but plays with persona and voice in unexpected ways. The title plays on the philogyny/phylogeny pun with a focus on female anatomy and floral taxonomy.

Contribution: The work is included in the section named Ouroboros. Introducing this section the editor writes: The playful, silly and humorous are as much a part of love as the deeper, darker passions. This statement is repeated on the volumes' back cover and on the website to sum up the collection as a whole. Inverting Shakespeares' formula, Philogyny #2 addresses a female subject but may speak from a male or female perspective. The work is innovative in its provocative and playful focus on ambiguous sexuality and female genitalia, apt subjects for love poetry.

Significance: The volume includes 118 new and unpublished poems by 69 poets including some of Australias' most prominent. The anthology is the result of a competition and those anthologised represent the top-ranking poems of more than 180 entries. The anthology is accompanied by Valentines Day performance events and workshops featuring poets of national significance such as Mark Tredinnick.

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