This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women. Are they conscious of promoting a “feminine perspective” or is it something that is intuitive? Imago Theatre would like to thank all of the artists who responded to our questions for their thoughtful, insightful responses. We will be sharing these responses on our blog for the first two weeks of May. We will also be creating a publication of selected quotes, which will be available for free at the Her Side of the Story readings, long-table discussion, and cabaret.

 


Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

With My Lady Parts

I write with my lady parts
Like I open doors
With fingers and thumb
Not where I’m coming from
But the only way I’ve ever done it

I took it out to look at
But
My womanness is covered in my Blackness
And
Marbled with my madness
Inextractable

Public property
I sun my sins for condemnation
Examine my wounds by gaslight
And heal quietly when polite

I know what down is, and out
I know what fight means, and eat shit
I know what weak is, and never again
I know what power does, and compassion

I am determined to love the unlovable
To move the intractable
I refuse to not find you beautiful.

Is that a woman thing?

-DM