The Art of the Possible
A solo aerialist with feminist circuses in Australia takes us with her as she defies gravity and social expectations; a lesbian poet leads us downward into a hell of childhood sexual torture and back out again, transformed; a novelist shares with us her journey to Sardegna, where landscape and ruins evoke ancient memories; a Korean feminist takes us along on the extraordinary life journey that led her to discover the anciently originated gynocentric matrix of the Far East which she has named Magoism; a poet turns an old story into a moment of comic relief; a scholar and practitioner in the women’s spirituality movement explores hidden aspects of feminist history and urges us to breach the taboo on the occult; and a poet explores her childhood friendship with the girl she felt she had always known. Come with us as Trivia contributors practice the art of the possible by leaping across time and space, refusing false choices, and expanding the limits of the real.
At a time of nightmare news, when the karmic debt of 5000-odd years of patriarchal civilizations seems to be coming due all at once, we’re startled and delighted by the energy and high purpose and imagination of the work in this sixth issue of Trivia: Voices of Feminism. We’re also delighted by the way Trivia’s readership is expanding. The number of “unique visitors” to the site has gone up dramatically over the past 18 months, and their geographic distribution covers seemingly every continent and region (China, India, Estonia, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, on and on). While U.S.A.-based visitors predominate heavily, their number 15 times greater than 2nd-place Canada, it is clearly untrue that Trivia reaches only North American readers. It now is reaching out to the world.
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We hope that this issue of Trivia, “The Art of the Possible,” will inspire you, expand your world, and transmit a contagion of courage.
Issue 6 - Sept. 2007
The Art of the Possible
The Aerial Lesbian Body: The Politics of Physical Expression
Elliott Femynye batTzedek
Wanting A Gun
Red Poppies Among the Ruins
Hye Sook Hwang
Returning Home with Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia
Ellen M. Taylor
Reclaiming the Spooky: Matilda Joslyn Gage and Mary Daly as Radical Pioneers of the Esoteric
Grand Right & Left
Notes on Contributors
Sotae, a symbol that once acknowledged the presence of the triadic Goddess Mago and her two daughters (Mago Samsin), is still found in Korean villages and folk cultures. The original image source unknown.