September 2nd, 2011


Adventures in Fandom, Part 5: Amy Lowell and Poetic Feminist RPF

But first, here is a list of Notting Hill AUs in every fandom ever, because you know you want Notting Hill AUs in your life.

(Note I have not read any of these, I am just PLOPPING THEM HERE SO THAT WHEN I NEED A NOTTING HILL AU, I CAN HAVE ONE.)

Notting Hill AUs in Every Fandom Ever:
- Mighty Boosh - Howard/Vince
- SPN - Jared/Jensen (by [personal profile] pandarus)
- TSN - Jesse/Andrew (by [personal profile] ifeelbetter)!
- Generation Kill - Brad/Nate
- XMFC, Charles/Erik
- ST:Reboot - Kirk/McCoy
- Merlin - Arthur/Merlin
- SPN - Jared/Jensen again :)
- XMFC, Hank/Alex
- TSN - Jesse/Andrew again :)
- NSYNC - Lance/J.C. :) :) :)
- Pundit RPF - Keith/Anderson
- SG1 - Daniel/Vala (at last! het!!!!)
- Twilight - Edward/Bella (yes, I did it, I went to
- HP - Ron/Hermione
- HP - Harry/Draco (finally)
- HP - Harry/Ginny
- Gundam Wing - Heero / Relena

(you guys, is seriously readable these days, btw. If you haven't been there lately, check it out. They've dragged themselves out of the late 90's and into the Oughts quite nicely. :) )

Surely, surely there is an Inception fandom Notting Hill AU! Why haven't I read it! :( :( :( Oh, and FEMSLASH? ANYONE? There has to be a Devil Wears Prada Notting Hill AU out there somewhere. Or a Blair/Serena Notting Hill AU. what am i missinggggggg omg. Notting Hill AUs. :( Where are you. :(

okay, enough standing before you asking you to love me.

My friends, I have a poem for you. This is, apart from being a long poem that I am going to transcribe for you because I am insane, is one of the most fabulous literary examples of RPF I've read in a while.

The poet Amy Lowell, in addition to being a Pulitzer Prize winner (oooh, I totally need to add her to my list), a beautiful, brilliant, proud lesbian who wrote gorgeous erotic poetry to her partner Ada Dwyer Russell, and radical feminist who pissed Ezra Pound off for being too uppity, was a writer of fanfic.

Specifically, RPF about three prominent women who came before the emergence of 20th century female poets: Sappho, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Dickinson. Amy imagines herself in dialogue with the three of them in turn, allowing them to speak, envisioning how they would adapt to the present day, and what they would have to say to modern female poets. She regards Sappho with a reverent, semi-erotic gaze, and laments the distance of time and social contexts that stand between her and Browning, while subtly undermining that distance by reminding us that Browning was still "very woman," with all the sexuality and empowerment that implies after the fact. She spends the most time on Emily Dickinson, because like everyone she is a litle in love with Emily.

She also reveals a lot about herself, her outspokenness, her skepticism, and ultimately her refusal to rely on the past to provide answers for what poetry should be and how it should answer to the concerns of the 20th century.

Most thrilling of all, she knows that the narrative will continue well after she is gone, and hopes at the poem's conclusion that she will one day continue the cycle and spark the same kind of dialogue through poetry between herself and female poets to come.

It's a wonderful, vibrant, snarky, affectionate poem, and I am transcribing it here for you all.

It is called "The Sisters." (1925)

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