Medusa’s #Metoo by Luanne Castle

So thrilled that my poem “Medusa’s #Metoo” has been published at North of Oxford. Most of my life, I took the myth of Medusa as I had been fed it: that she was a monster who turned men into stone when they looked at her. Perseus was the hero of the story for cutting off her head. But look further. Medusa was a beautiful woman who was raped by Poseidon in Athena’s temple. For Poseidon’s crime, Athena blamed Medusa and turned her into the deathly face framed by serpents instead of hair that we know her by. Surely Medusa’s #metoo story is an important one.

North of Oxford

medussa cave
Medusa’s #Metoo
Blackness shellacs my cave
but for the locked foyer with its glass
a moth born in the time
of dinosaurs and grown over-large
stopped spread-winged
on the pane, still and completed.
What is there about my walls
that stop life? The finch
that saw its soulmate
in a reflection, lying broken-necked
on my porch, the man whose eyes
caught mine, my own
famished for his form that perfected
itself in Brazilian granite
by sight of my teeming serpents
my out of control weeping
from this solitude I keep
My revenge from Athena this curse
a coverup through tweet and text
a smear campaign of slut and sext
Poseidon in Athena’s studio apt
My pterodactyl wings catch
on the limestone, grow runners,
they call me floozy, stink, death.
Luanne Castle’s Kin Types (Finishing Line), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a fi-nalist for the…

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20 responses to “Medusa’s #Metoo by Luanne Castle

  1. Congratulations, Luanne. An eye-opener for me

  2. Congratulations, Luanne. Excellent. I posted on the site, too: “Thank you for this. So many of the women in myths were victims like this. I’ll never think of Medusa the same way again!”

    • Thank you, Merril. It makes me so mad to think of how we’ve maligned Medusa in stories and movies all these years. And the hand of woman in her downfall is very sad. Both Medusa and Athene are victims of a male-centered society.

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  4. Wow! Excellent retelling of her story. Impressive.

  5. Nicely done! Congratulations, Luanne.

    • Thank you so much, Jill. I watched that video of your mom with the stuffed animal yesterday and then got pulled from the computer before I could comment (I think). So touching and so heart breaking that you have to be away from her.

  6. Wow, Luanne, this one is stunning! Thanks for the background! Congratulations!

  7. I’m with Carla: Wow! I love how you bring in the issues with social media, making Medusa’s story timely indeed. Congratulations!

  8. Such a powerful poem and perspective, Luanne. This is heartbreaking, and in a strange way empowering in the way the treatment makes me angry. You evoked such feelings with this. Amazing and no wonder it found an audience. Well done!

    • Oh, thank you so much! Yes, it is maddening, isn’t it? She is not only reviled, but ridiculed. So unfair. And, gee thanks, Athena, for sticking up for another woman.

  9. Thank you for this post. I had always thought of Medusa as horrible, but now I know she was the victim. Sad , but true in today’s world also.

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