About Mystic Poetry and the Goddess
Little survives of the ancient sacred or mystical poetry dedicated to the Goddess. The reasons for this are complex. The violence of patriarchy, with its fear of the power of the Goddess, overtly and covertly repressed the creativity of women. In many cultures women were not taught to read or write. Women's mysteries were living aural traditions. As devotees of the Goddess were killed off, the aural poetry and tradition died with them. With the development of the printing press, sacred texts became fixed and controllable "Law" immutable, the word of God become fact and anything else became false prophesy/heresy.
It is important that, as Goddess women, we start to collect and celebrate poetry dedicated to Her. It's time to proclaim and celebrate the mystical poets living in our hearts and our living rooms.
Poetry is a magnificent tool for women to begin understanding and reclaiming ourselves as mystics. The mystic knows she is one with all and seeks knowledge in order to deepen her understanding of the nature of everything a characteristic practice of Goddess women. We are all born mystics, and the mystical temperament is like other universal human abilities: if nurtured, it thrives, but for hundreds of years it has been denied and demonized in girls and women. Goddess traditions can feed this mystical temperament, because they encourage creativity of the spirit and call us to deep understanding of the nature of the world around us.
Poetry is one of the ways we can come close to communicating the awe, humility and reverence necessary for keeping our magic focused in the Mystery, not the self. Reading sacred poetry can open the doors of your mind and your heart. Mystical poets put into words how they experience the Divine. Mystical poets are magical poets; their words cause alchemical reactions that can bring us closer to our truth. This is poetry where Goddess is found not only in ritual or the natural world, but in our daily experience and our relationships with the people around us.
the Poetry Editor
I could write passable poems before I could successfully write prose. In my early twenties I started performing poetry in pubs and bars, and for a couple of years I was probably the most well-known dyke poet in London. It was my mission to seduce women (in more ways than one) who would never consider reading a poem or buying a book of poetry.
Since that time I have been published in international collections with poets like Judy Grahn, Pat Parker and Adrienne Rich. I have also had poetry published in women's journals around the country, in web-publications, and in a number of self-published chapbooks.
In graduate school I discovered the Sufi poets and the mystical poet in myself. My serious study of poetry and the mystical aspects of poetry began. I took a doctoral class in mystical poetry, which ultimately became the basis of my graduate thesis, Mystical Poets Don't Have to Be Dead Poets. I edited a collection of mystical poetry, a poetic conversation between famous poets most of them dead and the poetic responses to their work from the members of the class, who were very much alive. The resulting book reveals the potential of reading and writing mystical poetry as a form of spiritual practice. Based on this, I have been negotiating with a publisher for a book based on the power of words in magic and the use of mystical poetry as a magical practice.
About Poetry in MatriFocus
It is not anthropocentric; it is animistic, calling us to see Her in nature, the earth, the cosmos and ourselves and to acknowledge our common heritage as stardust. It is not about redemption, saving souls, but about saving the universe within and without. It is mystical poetry.
May we continue to grow as the wheel turns and may we find poetry to bring the Goddess forth in our daily lives.
Poetry Submission Guidelines
Poets invited to submit poetry for consideration are asked to keep these guidelines in mind: