Gender associated with land and sea
African American manhood
Chastity as an element of masculinity
Writing, by women at sea
Wild nights! Wild nights!
Fraternal societies on shore
Captains and racial prejudice
Delicacy as an element of masculinity
Transiency of sailors
Poetry of the sea
Victorian ideology of middle class
Dependence as an element of masculinity
Liberty beneath the Jolly Roger
Picture source and article on this female pirate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Bonny
The prompt for #NaPoWriMo day 12 was to write a poem based on an index. Mine is taken from Iron Men, Wooden Women. Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World 1700-1920 (Baltimore and London 1996).
Since female pirates messed with what the world expected from women, I felt this poem should mess with gender too. Every single word comes from the index, except for the title. All the options from the index missed some cheer. This one was a chapter. The poem ends up being a bit weird and I’m not sure I find the result convincing. I enjoyed the writing process though 🙂