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The Interdisciplinary Work of Lyss Warmland.

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I’ve been falling in love
with my bellybutton
as it slowly pops out, being
pushed out into the world along
with this someday soon task-
motherhood.

Thicker ribcage where he’s pushed
my organs
up and out of his way as he grows and
for once, my body doesn’t struggle
in fact,
it turns out growing this being
feels like
what I was made for.

No more hip bones
protruding, just
soft curves, softer still.

This body
simultaneously mine/not mine
it’s magic it’s
home
to my baby and I
while we grow us one
just for a while longer.

Sometimes I think I’ll miss him
when he’s not a part of my body
yet I know
I’ll dance in every moment
he breathes on his own
because motherhood is simultaneously
mine/not mine.

Because this body can only hold
temporary truths
as he grows,
this body can be home
mine, his
soft, and softer still.

Check out my conversation with Katie Hoogandam!

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We talk about:
– her writing, including her chapbook, “Mothertongue” (to get a copy, email Katie at khoogendam@gmail.com or pick it up at The Black Cat Cafe or Let’s Talk Books
– Katie’s old radio show on Northumberland 89.7
– her play, “Plan X“, which is featured in Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts 2019!
– motherhood, sexuality, staying well

and more!

Featured Tunes by:
Northern Hearts
David Newland
Breathe Owl Breathe
Modest Mouse

Check out my conversation with  few of the other people involved in Take Back the Night: Port Hope, Avril Ewing, Maggie Robbins, and Sarah Kennedy (with contributions from Meghan Sheffield and Ashley Bouman).

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We talk about:

Our event this year
– What each of us think about the choices the Port Hope committee makes compared to the choices other groups make for Take Back the Night events (ie. the way we chose to involve men, not blocking off the streets, not involving police, choosing to celebrate coming together and not just to address the heavy vibes etc)
– What the theme “building community, building hope” means to us
– Why we’re each involved
– Why being involved in this event keeps us well

and more!

If you’re wondering about the stats I sourced:

    • 7 in 10 people who experience family violence are women and girls.32
    • Women are about four times as likely as men to be victims of intimate partner homicide.33
    • Women were 10 times more likely than men to be the victim of a police-reported sexual assault in 2008.3
    • Women are twice as likely as men to be victims of family violence.38
    • Women who experience spousal violence are more likely to endure extreme forms assault including choking, beating, being threatened with a knife or gun, and sexual violence.39
    • About 80% of victims of dating violence are women.40
    • Girls are 1.5 times more likely than boys to experience violence at home.41

Featured Tunes by:
The Muffs
Helaa
Hailiah
Sarah Tohnin