Another ice palace. Another demi-
paradise where all desires
are named and thus created,
and then almost satisfied. Hotel
might e an accurate label.
Not made of glass and marzipan
and steel, and jewel-toned water,
and opal gelatin that glows
like phosphorescent deep-sea fish, as
you might think at first. But no,
it’s only dreams, it’s only
clouds of breath formed into
words: the heavenly bed, the all-
you-can-eat breakfast. Invisible hands
bring food, smooth down
the sheets, turn on the lights,
cause violins to lullaby
the sugared air, clean out the wad of hair
you left in the porcelain shower,
and place a rose on your pillow
when you’re not there. Where
is the fearful beast who runs the show
and longs for kisses?
Where are the bodies that were once
attached to all those hands?
Backstage it’s always carnage.
Red petals on the floor.
You hope they’re petals. Don’t unlock
the one forbidden door,
the one inscribed
Staff only. Do not look
in the last and smallest room, oh
dearest, do not look.
Ice Palace, Margaret Atwood
So. I’ve been seeing a lot of incorrect information going around about my favorite goddess today. So here is a crash course in Ishtar/Inanna:
1. Ishtar is pronounced how it looks. Or at least, that’s how everyone says it now, and there is no evidence that it was ever pronounced “Easter”.
2. She wasn’t the goddess of fertility and sex, she was the goddess of sex and war. This is something that the writer would have known, had they looked for context about the relief in their picture, instead of just c/ping the first result from Google Images. The relief of Ishtar/Inanna shown depicts her descent into the Underworld.
3. Her symbols were the eight pointed star and the lion. She would probably be very offended if you told her that people were associating her with bunnies, and the last mountain to offend Inanna got smashed to bits. Seriously. This goddess smashed a fair number of heads. And didn’t take insult.
4. She was also cunning and ambitious and sexy and brilliant and was one of if not the most prominent Sumerian deities. (I’m not sure about Babylon, but think of the Babylonians as the Romans to Sumer’s Greeks.)
5. She had trans people as priests, and for her festivals, people would wear men’s clothing on one half of their body and women’s on the other.
6. Kings would argue over who she loved more.
7. I am all for an Inanna/Ishtar awareness campaigns. But accurate ones.
8. I don’t take sumerian mythology too seriously what are you talking about.
(Source: david88drew, via andythanfiction)
I’m back! I have an MFA degree and a sunburn from a wonderful week in Disneyworld, and I am looking forward to all that life offers a bird-crazy illustrator!
I have posted a few of these, but I thought it would make sense to have them all in one post. This is the result of my final project for my MFA—a series of recently extinct birds. Someday I hope I can make this into a full-fledged (pun unintended) book! It was a great learning experience and I look forward to continuing work on it.
"No matter what I say,
All that I really love
Is the rain that flattens on the bay,
And the eel-grass in the cove;
The jingle-shells that lie and bleach
At the tide-line, and the trace
Of higher tides along the beach:
Nothing in this place."
Eel Grass, Edna St. Vincent Millay
#Edna St. Vincent Millay
My Easter look. Blue eyeliner and soft pink lips. #me
tips for future college kids!!
- i dont have any
- none of us know what we’re doing
- make rich friends