Thoughts of a Cave Woman
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The author describes how her original thematic plans held back her poems and how reflecting on Audre Lorde's essay, "Uses of the Erotic," freed her to create an original voice that could reflect her Judaism, her personal experiences, and current events. "My SIP no longer mattered. No matter what words I wrote, they would never be listened to. I am just a woman. This is where I found my cavewoman, who became my savior during this time. It is through the bravery and fight in the character I created that I was able to regain my fight. I needed to write about the ugly that I was experiencing and still somehow find something beautiful. The cavewoman provides a change in context. She provides a level of separation between, quite literally, time and space to show that these issues travel throughout the ages. These issues are not new issues women face. These are timeless issues and they must be addressed in a timely fashion. The turmoil rightfully left me powerless, but in the end, I pushed my writing even further. I was able to address some of life’s most difficult questions about love, death, desire, afterlife and other spirits to write something—for the very first time—for myself."