QUEEN OF ALL PIRATES
GENDER / IDENTITY
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IN ANY SOCIETY BASED ON CLASS, HUMILIATION IS A
POLITICAL REALITY. HUMILIATION IS ONE METHOD BY WHICH
POLITICAL POWER IS TRANSFORMED INTO SOCIAL OR PERSONAL
RELATIONSHIPS. THE PERSONAL INTERIORIZATION OF THE
PRACTICE OF HUMILIATION IS CALLED HUMILITY.
CAPITOL IS AN ARTIST WHO MAKES DOLLS. MAKES, DAMAGES,
TRANSFORMS, SMASHES. ONE OF HER DOLLS IS A WRITER
DOLL. THE WRITER DOLL ISN'T VERY LARGE AND IS ALL
HAIR, HORSE MANE HAIR, RAT FUR, DIRTY HUMAN HAIR,
ONE NIGHT CAPITOL GAVE THE FOLLOWING SCENARIO TO
HER WRITER DOLL:
As a child in sixth grade in a North American school,
won first prize in a poetry contest.
In late teens and early twenties, entered New York
City poetry world. Prominent Black Mountain poets,
mainly male, taught or attempted to teach her that a
writer becomes a writer when and only when he finds his
CAPITOL DIDN'T MAKE ANY AVANT-GARDE POET DOLLS.
Since wanted to be a writer, tried hard to find her own
voice. Couldn't. But still loved to write. Loved to
play with language. Language was material like clay or
paint. Loved to play with verbal material, build up
slums and mansions, demolish banks and half-rotten
buildings, even buildings which she herself had
constructed, into never-before-seen, even unseeable
To her, every word wasn't only material in itself,
but also sent out like beacons, other words. Blue
sent out heaven and The Virgin. Material is rich.
I didn't create language, writer...