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Our Intimates and Our Fools: Katrin Talbot

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"Two Alarm (straight up)" by Katrin Talbot

Hidden Powers

by Katrin Talbot

I know I’m smarter

when I wear them,
especially on Wednesdays

A paintbox-coloured
string bikini with an apple

embroidered on the front

like a shield,
daughters of Eve,
like an emblem,
teacher’s pet,
and the back that
carries the announcement
in bright yellow letters…

smarty-pants

Australian-born Katrin Talbot has a forthcoming volume, noun’d, verb, dancing girl pressand two collections: Freeze-Dried Love, Finishing Line Press, and St. Cecilia’s Daze, Parallel Press. She has recently been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and once received enough prize money from a national poetry contest to fund a Dairy Queen run. She is also is a photographer whose coffee table book, Schubert’s Winterreise-A Winter Journey in Poetry, Image, and Song was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She frequently collaborates with classical musicians to produce multi-media concerts. Her portrait work has appeared in the New York Times.

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

April 10: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

April 11: Kelly Blevins (art); Marjorie Tesser (poetry)

April 12: Patricia Izzo (art); Kate Falvey (poetry)

April 14: Dwora Fried (art); Sara Henning (poetry)

April 15: Bonnie MacAllister (art/poetry)

April 16: Shawn Rathman-Stuhr (art); Andrea Potos (poetry)

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

Jennifer Nagle Myers, artist

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Jennifer Nagle Myers: Self portrait in studio with new work called ‘Sacredesecrated’, Color photograph, 2014
I interrupt Our Intimates National Poetry Month Series to bring you…
Jennifer Nagle Myers' exhibit at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts "Women in Time" closes this Sunday, April 20!  She then exhibits at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Queens, New York opening April 19, running thru May 18 (details below). She generously shares with LFF about the freedom of making art,  paying homage to the women of the world in her work and why that is important to her, and more…
Where are you from? How did you get into art?
I am from New York City.  I have been into art as long as I can remember.  Always drawing and always seeing art all around me as a child in Manhattan.  My parents were both writers and encouraged me to be creative.
 
Tell me about your inspirations, process.
I am continually inspired by almost everything around me.  I am always in process, making is an ongoing pursuit for me.  I try to have dedicated times for it of course where I close myself up in my studio and just work, but ultimately I feel that an artist is always at work even at the grocery store, and maybe most importantly at the grocery store.  I see art as a philosophy.  It doesn’t matter much the materials we use or the techniques we employ, it’s about freedom.  It’s all about freedom.  Being an artist means being OK with being as free as possible, and that is a sincere and important philosophy to have and claim in this world.
Tell me about your current/upcoming show/exhibit/project and why its important to you. 
I have a show up right now at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  The show is called ‘Women in Time’ and the work is a way of paying homage to the women of the world who have gone before me, are with me now, and will follow me.  I spent alot of time thinking of women, about how we are treated and mistreated, about how we are unpaid and underpaid and repaid with strange favors, about how we are property and sold and bartered and still used like an object to throw around.  It’s ridiculous to me that we still don’t have the same rights as men, even in the US, where we get paid on average 77 cents to the dollar that the man makes.  It’s insane and something I just swallowed and grew up with…. we all do.  This show was a chance for me to slow down and really think about it all.  Of course I only scratched the surface but was able to get somewhere a little deeper within myself and my work, which is always the point.  The work includes a series of photographs of sculptures I have made - all called ‘First Place Woman’ - which are trophies for women who have been abused in one way or the other and need to be reminded they are number one.  They are transformed trophies - the kinds that we give our kids after they win at soccer - transformed with the materials of my studio.  I then photograph them and print them larger than life.  They go through another transformation here, and fill the gallery with their colorful and powerful presence.  The show also includes ‘The Never-Ending Book of Women’s Rights’, which has been on my mind for years.  It is a book that fulfills two functions.  Conceptually, it is a book that contains all of our names,  the name of every woman who ever lived.  We are all inside it.  Sculpturally, it is ongoing and I ask women and men to give me the names of women who have been important to them and I write these names slowly onto slate pages.  Each time I exhibit it, it will change shape and form.  Having people contribute names is a way of opening up the conversation and bringing people into the work.  A way for me to meet people and talk to them about women’s rights.  In the preface of the book I say: This book is alive with our names and will be used until women are free and equal, loved as the wild spirits we are and always have been.  Finally, the show contains a few drawings.  These are pastel and charcoal studies of the sculptures.  I use drawing to think.  
The next show I have opens in a week at Ortega Y Gasset Projects in New York.  The theme of the show is ‘Landlessness’, curated by Carrie Hott.  I will exhibit a new work (still being made right now) called ‘Sacredesecrated’.  This is a sculptural work that includes a modified wooden chair, pieces of slate, and a book in two parts.   This work speaks more to the sense of landlessness I feel happening all around me in Western Pennsylvania where I live and work - a place that is experiencing an unprecedented fracking boom and the amount of poisons being put into our water supply and land is incredible and terrifying.  I keep thinking about what is this world that destroys that which is sacred and then defends that violence…. and what does it mean to have something sacred turn desecrated?  It is still sacred.  Therefore it becomes sacredesecrated.  What do we do with that?  Do we even have the right tools?
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Women in Time: Jennifer Myers

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
February 7, 2014 to April 20, 2014

This series of sculptures and photographs is a tribute to the unknown women who’ve gone through life unrecognized, under-appreciated, and never awarded a trophy. Myers, an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Pittsburgh, uses discarded trophies and other materials to embellish and reclaim a place for those never rewarded. Myers received her MFA from the University of Iowa. She says the work continues to renounce and abolish the lingering concept that women are inferior to men.

Website: www.punkypip.com  

LANDLESSNESS
Becca Albee, Amanda Curreri, Nina Elder, Pablo Guardiola, and Jennifer Nagle Myers

April 19- May 18, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6-9pm
Organized by Carrie Hott

Ortega y Gasset Projects
17-17 Troutman #327
Queens, NY 11385
www.oygprojects.com
Press Contact: info@oygprojects.com

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Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

Our Intimates and Our Fools: Poetry by Andrea Potos, art by Shawn Rathman-Stuhr

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"Wild Thing: Defeated," photograph by Shawn Rathman-Stuhr

THE BRA POEM

by Andrea Potos

To the prize-winning poet who says
she’s tired of poetry where women wax sentimental
about birthing, mothering,
worn subjects like menopause and menarche:

            You won’t want to hear how, in junior high,
I’d press my nipples in and out like tiny
collapsed balloons, waiting for them to fill.
How I yearned for graduation
from my cotton half-undershirt
to a padded bra with real hooks and eyes
my girlfriends could snap
when they snuck behind me;
             It won’t matter to you how,
the morning my mother and I returned
from Gimbels lingerie,
I pulled my best friend Cassie into the backyard
and in between the sheets drying on the line;
how I flung off my shirt for her, like a sculptor
unveiling the masterpiece it has taken her
twelve years to create—breasts
the color of sun-braised daffodils,
two cups to hold
my double A treasure.

The poem is forthcoming in Andrea Potos’ poetry chapbook NEW GIRL (Anchor and Plume Press, 2014).

Andrea Potos Bio: I live in Madison, Wisconsin and am the author of four poetry collections, including WE LIT THE LAMPS OURSELVES (Salmon Poetry) and YAYA’s CLOTH (Iris Press).  My poems appear widely in print and online.  

Shawn Rathman-Stuhr Bio: I live for the lens; for what it shows me and that it can, at times, push the boundaries of my vision.  I believe art should emote some sort of feeling in the viewer, but also in the artist.  I experience great satisfaction seeing my work through another person’s eyes.

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

April 10: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

April 11: Kelly Blevins (art); Marjorie Tesser (poetry)

April 12: Patricia Izzo (art); Kate Falvey (poetry)

April 14: Dwora Fried (art); Sara Henning (poetry)

April 15: Bonnie MacAllister (art/poetry)

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

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Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

Our Intimates and Our Fools: Bonnie MacAllister

"Reddened" (2013) Oil stick and pencil on paper by Bonnie MacAllister

Permissions

by Bonnie MacAllister

She’d wrapped herself in plastic,
Pasted vcr reel over her curvature,
Lining her interstitials with stills,
She pasted a love scene under her navel,
Splicing herself a suit of hearts.

The photographers loom and zoom,
Zeroing in between her taping,
Close enough to avoid glare,
Zipping in between her legs,
The camera cops a feel.

No permission to shine a flash,
Provoke a crack,
Surrender—her helpless.
Her statement wired out,
Manipulated in post.

Bonnie MacAllister is a multimedia artist who works in sound, fiber, 2D, and film.  She has shown at Et Al Projects (NY), the Delaware Art Museum, the Leap Second Festival (Norway), and Riverside Library at Lincoln Center. She plays music in Dental Dames and Rabbitry.  bonniemacallister.com

Bonnie’s interview on LFF

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

April 10: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

April 11: Kelly Blevins (art); Marjorie Tesser (poetry)

April 12: Patricia Izzo (art); Kate Falvey (poetry)

April 14: Dwora Fried (art); Sara Henning (poetry)

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

Our Intimates and Our Fools: Poetry by Sara Henning, Art by Dwora Fried

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Mixed Media Box, 8 x 12 x 3.5: Self portrait by Dwora Fried

APOSTASY CONCERNING LINGERIE AND GARDEN EFFIGIES

by Sara Henning

When you asked to keep my underwear—sapphire-tinted nylon with matte patina—

I watched you bury your face in the gusset of fabric that, if I were wearing them, would nest between my legs like some hardly consolable animal.

For all I know, they’re floating now, untended, fruiting in the dark like an orchid.

At this place in the story, maybe you’re tilling your memory of my body as though

it were loam.

What I mean is, maybe you’re sheering my body of rock, heavy clay, then miring the boundaries with shrubs of oleander.

In one of your closets, I might find them, one bud amidst a garden of effigies

I no longer know or understand.

Before I met you, my underwear was the topic of a different exodus.

Lily taffeta, seamless tanga, I’d whisper.

We were in school together. I was nineteen. He was in Texas for the summer.

Sheer hip hugger with ruching, black and pale plum, I’d whisper. Tell me what’s underneath it, he’d almost sing.

I was lonely. We were lonely together.

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V-string panty, rose blush all-over lace. Whispers. Stray syllables. An eventual cry,

sweet and long in the dark.

Then him, overdosing on the back porch of his grandmother’s apartment in late July, stomach full of Vicodin blooming and blooming.

Don’t tell me what it is to turn a bulb over and over until it is deep-kissed by sun. Don’t tell me what it is to water it and watch for trembling.

I never told you that inside every woman’s body is a garden she tends when you think she’s sleeping.

Every time she loses a lover, she uses flat rakes to sliver out sod. What she can’t bait or snare, she lines with wet newspaper to smother.  When she chooses another, she builds a trellis for what churns under straw. She sentries the fruit that will save her or end her.

So don’t tell me what it’s like to take a rake, comb the dusky earth over and over,

and wait for roots to finally shake the earth. When you left, I built an arbor for blackbirds, built cages to cordon them when, at harvest, they fortressed and couped with their bodies.

The creatures were singing when I found them bastioned, free of caging, everything tended now butchered and cropped.

I sang back to them, set your rapture to another valley. I sang back to them, you are wanted, but not here.

And suddenly, each swooned as though shattered by laudanum. When I parted the feathers on each body, put my ear to the belly, it was not the bird, dead of longing, but the fruit’s untamable requiem, that sundered my ear.

Note: “At this place in the story” references “At the place in the story,” from Li-Young Lee’s “Degrees of Blue” (Book of My Nights).

Sara Henning is the author of To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013). She holds an MFA from George Mason University and is currently pursuing a PhD from the University of South Dakota, where she teaches and serves as Managing Editor for the South Dakota Review. She has been the recipient of residencies at both the Vermont Studio Center and the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France. Her poetry, fiction, interviews and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Crab Orchard Review, Verse, So To Speak, American Letters & Commentary, and Willow Springs, among others, and she has poems anthologized in Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).

Dwora Fried is a collage and assemblage artist. She was born in Vienna, Austria and lived there until moving to Israel to go to college. There she received her BA from Tel Aviv University and studied at the Avni School of Fine Arts. In 1978, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and became an American citizen. Her international experience is very evident in the way she combines different elements and locations in her art. Fried has exhibited primarily in California. She just returned from two Solo shows in Venice, Italy and in Vienna, Austria. Five of her Boxes are in the permanent collection of the MUSA Museum in Vienna. You can currently see her work at the SPRC Gallery in Venice, California, through May 18. dworafried.com

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

April 10: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

April 11: Kelly Blevins (art); Marjorie Tesser (poetry)

April 12: Patricia Izzo (art); Kate Falvey (poetry)

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

Sara Landas and Holli Rae, filmmakers

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I interrupt the “Our Intimates and Our Fools” National Poetry Month series to bring you…

Filmmakers Sara Landas and Holli Rae were recently interviewed on Maria Schriver’s blog as Architects of Change. The duo, who spent the summer of 2012 traveling 10,000 miles across America (see their route below!) living out of a school bus to make a documentary sharing over 100 brave women living their dreams, generously took time out of finishing up their film entitled The Goddess Project (help them fund this! Every little bit helps! thegoddessproject.com/donate!) to share with LFF about getting into art at a young age, the impetus behind this immense undertaking, advice for aspiring artists and more….

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Where are you from? How did you get into art?

We’re both born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and had the desire to create from a young age. Sara discovered her love for filmmaking at age 7 when her parents brought home their first camcorder and Holli has been mixing mediums since her first kindergarten collage.

Tell me about your inspirations, process. Tell me about The Goddess Project and why it’s important to you.

We wanted to see a broader spectrum of women in the media. Movies play a huge role in shaping our culture and we felt frustrated by the constant bombardment of the same stereotypical roles. Women need more content that empowers them rather than giving power to their problems, so we decided to hit the road and document inspiring real-life stories nationwide!

The Goddess Project is a documentary film about incredible everyday women we met while traveling for 6 months across America in a school bus. This film about shares the stories of over 100 unique women who are realizing their potential, overcoming their fears, and propelling our world into a new state of consciousness!

This goal of this film is to educate and empower its viewers to leave the theater feeling like they have the ability to overcome their personal obstacles and begin to contribute to the world in a bigger way. The theme of this film is “Others See Their Possibilities In Your Reality,” because we have personally witnessed the incredible transformation that comes when you find a role model who is relevant to you. By showcasing diverse women in the same frame, we aim to bridge the gaps which separate us from one another and broaden the definition of empowerment and success in today’s society.

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Artist Wanda Ewing, who curated and titled the original LFF exhibit, said of her work: “I’ve been making provocative art with a political edge in my Midwestern hometown since 1999. And to do that, you have to be tenacious as hell.” Are you tenacious in your work or life? How so?

We definitely consider ourselves tenacious! From the very beginning this project has challenged us to step out of our comfort zones and take a leap of faith. From selling all of our belongings and living in a bus for 6 months to creating a feature length film as a team of two, we have dedicated everything in our life to this vision and believe without a doubt the power of it’s potential.

Ewing’s advice to aspiring artists was “you’ve got to develop the skill of when to listen and when not to;” and “Leave. Gain perspective.” What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

If you commit wholeheartedly each day to working towards your dreams, they will eventually come true! All great things take time, confidence, & perseverance, and with that understanding, you can achieve anything you set your mind to!

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See the film trailer and how you can help/donate and more here: thegoddessproject.com.

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Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

Our Intimates and Our Fools: Poetry by Kate Falvey, Art by Patricia Izzo

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"Swoon," photograph by Patricia Izzo

Girls Night Out

by Kate Falvey

Before the nursing baby,
before the plush and muddling pounds,
Before the need
for wires and xl padded straps,
there was just a little breeze
of glazy fairy’s breath
holding dear the blushing murmur of
palpable beginnings.

Even the heartbeat is not the same,
the surgical echoes blunting expectant resolve,
the eager prosody of just-becoming
visible in the stretched transparency of fabric.

A bra is a bra, I tell myself. Who’s to see?
The recognition pierces as I bind myself in,
plumping and arranging as if flesh is
someone else’s grandma’s pillowed furniture –
and does not fit my sense of sleek proportion.
Who’s to see?

An oval mirror, foxed but silvered enough to reflect,
shows the years outpouring
as I rip the cautious hooks and let fall all restraint.
I see, I face myself. I see.
And then, firmly naked, I brew a cup of spicy tea.

Kate Falvey's work has appeared in a wide variety of print and online journals, as well as anthologies and scholarly journals. She has chapbooks out with Dancing Girl Press and Green Fuse Poetic Arts. She teaches at the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York.

Patricia Izzo received her BS in Art Education from Northern Michigan University with an honorary assistantship in her Masters of Arts Program. She has received numerous awards regionally and nationally. Patricia’s fine art photography has been featured in publications, such as American Photo Magazine, Wayne State Alumni Magazine, Home Décor, Woman’s Day, Strut Magazine, and The Florida and Southern Review. Patricia’s images can be seen in the 2010 Harold and Kumar III movie. She has had extensive exhibits throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area, the East Coast, and Traverse City Museums. Her first fine art photography book “FRAGILE AWAKENINGS” was published in 2008. Patricia is a member of the Detroit Focus Portfolio, National Woman’s Caucus for the Arts, Feminist Arts Project and the Reckless Prophets. She served on the board for the Downriver Council of the Arts, and Scarab Club. She taught painting to at-risk children at The Opportunity Center/Guidance Center. Izzo is the artist in residence at Rivers Edge Gallery in Wyandotte. izzophotography.com

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

April 10: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

April 11: Kelly Blevins (art); Marjorie Tesser (poetry)

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

Our Intimates and Our Fools: Poetry by Marjorie Tesser, Art by Kelly Blevins

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"Grandfather’s Tie," 21 inches x 24 inches, charcoal on paper by Kelly Blevins: "Drawing with charcoal allows me to experiment with the subject matter, so that I can explore a variety of ideas and challenge my commitment to a black and whilte medium. It is like sculpting my visions on a large two-dimenstional surface, so that the world I create becomes more of an intimate and dynamic experience. The presentation of my drawings are closely related to a dreamlike reality, and the possible interpretations share their depth with my passions."

Seven Bras

by Marjorie Tesser

training bra

little girl,
or should I say,
young lady, learn
how it feels to have
your heart constrained
banded, just
above the ribcage
your little buds
tenderly cupped,
shielded, contained.

minimizer

the hills are alive!
untamed, escaping, so
control the largesse,
the too too present flesh
harness, haul, corral and hold,
encase, smooth, mold,
play it close to the vest—
careful! watch out!! don’t
let them out!!!

lace demi

see the flesh through the mesh
glutinous orbs suspended
upheld by the thin web tracing
engineering amazing!
beneath the lacy veil,
a jaunty knot of nipple winks
insouciant protrusion

tshirt bra

smooth as Barbie—
under my Gap
nothing to distract

black leather

dead mean
patina
smooth as a glans
heavy drape
skin on skin
the outer warming
to the one within
one so sheathed
is doubly bound—
actual; iconic.

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A former lingerie store owner, Marjorie Tesser is the author of poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Chapbook Award Winner), and The Magic Feather (Finishing Line Press), co-editor of the Bowery Books anthologies Bowery Women: Poems and Estamos Aquí, and editor of Mom Egg Review literary journal.


Kelly Blevins was born in Tucson, Arizona and is now a charcoal artist working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylavania. Her drawings are hyper-realistic and surreal, combining philosophical concepts and drealike states of mind on a large surface to convey visions of a world byond reality. Kelly’s drawings have been exhibited, awarded, published and recognised internationally since 2012. kblevins.com

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

April 10: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

Our Intimates & Our Fools: Dirty Haiku Project & Vanessa Raney

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Poetry by Heather Sticka; photo by Rob Liliedahl for The Dirty Haiku Project

Vanessa Raney is an American living overseas. Inspired by similar work she saw in San Francisco, her first art poem appeared in *Woman in Mind*.  *Lalitamba* is forthcoming with the text-only version of an art poem series (for the art poem version see http://vanessa-raney2artpoemseries.blogspot.com/). Her publication history is at http://vanessa-raney.blogspot.com.

The Dirty Haiku Project
Description by Heather Sticka:

I love texting haiku. It forces me to be creative even if all I have to say is, “I miss you.”

"It is not easy,
To think about you always.
I am left bereft.”

That one’s my favorite. Not dirty at all but it’s a good example of a haiku text. So I went to cheer a friend by sending him dirty haiku. It was super fun! I wrote ten in the first day alone. Soon I started writing them in a tiny red leather book, showed them to others and watched the blood rise to their cheeks. I listed to them being read aloud and felt myself turn bright red to match the book’s cover. It was too much fun to not share.

Within a few days I asked Rob Liliedahl of Liliedahl Images if he’d be interested of taking pictures of my friends in their underwear. Now that I say that, I realize how odd of a question that is. But after explaining about the haiku I then explained that I was looking to take the poetry a step further and write them on skin framed by underthings. Rob is a great photographer and I knew he could capture what was in my head a thousand times better than me guessing with a camera for hours on end.

We did tests on a couple of very dear friends. We thought, hmmm… maybe we can shoot around 20 shots and then have a nice little art show. We thought maybe one shoot. We looked for about 10 volunteers and, so far, we have over 40. We are so very thankful to be able to capture all 69 haiku in photographs. We had art shows nearly every month in 2012 and we hope to have a coffee table book.

Thank you for looking. We wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want us to be.

As Always, With Love,

Heather Sticka, http://thedirtyhaikuproject.com/

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Our Intimates and Our Fools is a series by Les Femmes Folles throughout April 2014, celebrating National Poetry Month. Les Femmes Folles will post a poem and/or artwork every day on the theme inspired by the intimates we hold dear—be they brassieres, boy shorts, merry widow stays (and more, or less)—and those who foolishly (and adorably) love them. The theme sprung from Les Femmes Folles Books’ 2014 Intimates and Fools (poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins). Coupling body art and poetry, ‘Intimates and Fools‘ intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Sally Deskins’ body art and illustrations make vivid and bright the female form while calling into question the cultural narratives on such various shapes we hold dear, be they natural, consumer, or whimsy. Available on amazon.

(Win a FREE LFF Book!: Intimates & Fools, Les Femmes Folles Books’ Photo contest 2014!Details on the submissions page: http://femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/callforart-writing)

April 1: Troy Muller (art); mariana mcdonald (poetry)

April 2: Mary MacGowan (art); Jennifer MacBain Stephens (poetry)

April 3: Lauren Rinaldi (art); Amy Schriebman Walter (poetry)

April 4: Rhiannon Conley-Pierson (art); Patricia Wellingham-Johns (poetry)

April 5: Shannon E. Thomas (art) John Savoie (poetry)

April 7: Cindy Hinant (art); Phyllis Wax (poetry)

April 8: Wendy Jane Bantam (art); Laura Madeline Wiseman (poetry)

April 9: Amy Cerra (art); Christina Finlayson Taylor (poetry)

Les Femmes Folles is a completely volunteer run organization founded in 2011 with the mission to support and promote women in all forms, styles and levels of art with the online journal, anthologies, books, exhibitions and events; originally inspired by artist Wanda Ewing and her curated exhibit by the name Les Femmes Folles (Wild Women). LFF was created and is curated by Sally Deskins.  LFF Books is a micro-feminist press that publishes 1-2 books per year by the creators of Les Femmes Folles including Intimates & Fools (Laura Madeline Wiseman, 2014). Other titles include Les Femmes Folles: The Women 2011, 2012 and 2013, available on blurb.com,(get 15% your blurb purchase using code 2014BOOKS expires 4/30/14) including art, poetry and interview excerpts from women artists. A portion of the proceeds from LFF books and products benefit the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Wanda Ewing Scholarship Fund.

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