Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A connection between Lighting the Shadow and Mule & Pear

The attention to women is one notable connection between Rachel Eliza Griffiths's new Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015) and her previous Mule & Pear (New Issues, 2011). In that previous volume, black women novelists such as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker as well as leading black women protagonists in fiction are focal points.

In her most recent volume, a multicultural group of women, including Lucille Clifton, Frida Kahlo, Ana Mendiata, Pascale Petit, Muriel Rukeyser, Francesca Woodman, and others make appearances in Griffiths's works. She also writes of girls and women who were the victims of terrible acts of violence.

The strong presence of women throughout Lighting the Shadow and Mule & Pear indicate a consistent long-running, and diverse artistic focus for Griffiths. Her decision to choose novelists, photographers, painters, poets, and singers as her subjects across the two volumes also reveals her interest in multi-genre possibilities of artistic inspirations.

The Visual Artist as Poet: The Case of Rachel Eliza Griffiths  
Rachel Eliza Griffiths's surrealist moments
Rachel Eliza Griffiths's dedications to women
A Notebook on Rachel Eliza Griffiths 

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