Joan Woodbridge

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Joan Woodbridge
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Iteration I: Blessed by the Great Mother, I was dropped into this life, a member of the several generations destined to negotiate the erotic boundaries between cultural prohibition, the whipped up frenzy of rock and roll, and mind expanding drugs- a short but intense period that lay magically between the availability of birth control pills and antibiotics, and the fateful appearance of AIDS.

Iteration II: I come from a long line of barbarians, land thieves, and genocidal murderers. My English forbearers arrived in America on the Mayflower. I have been taught to be proud of my ancestors. And, indeed, I am proud that my Puritan ancestors would not abide the oppression of anyone- ... more »

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Why I Left The Roman Church

What is it that I ask of religion?

I ask
that you serve
the untamed geography
of my errant imagination

that you serve
as clavis aurea
in the unlocking and
languaging of this
my personal theodyssey

that you serve
as silent witness to this passage
regarding
without remark or remonstrance
allowing thus that error itself
remain my most potent teacher

that you serve
to ignite the desire heat

that you serve
this animal body
that you both claim and revile
with its appetites and ...

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