May 1988 I started putting my collection of poetry and writings, into notebooks and files and I added scribbles, watercolour, prints and drawings over the next 3 decades.
Compiling these very different pieces and scraps into themes, into one journal, one book, seemed so overwhelming – I never even tried.
2020 – the Covid 19 and lockdown year, offered the opportunity; if I wanted to take it and I decided I did.
step 1. I bought a hand-made, khadi paper, dark green, leather bound journal complete with my Celtic heritage embossing.
step 2. I applied an academic method, grounded theory, used when researching, it pulls themes from massive amounts of apparently random data. Spreading out the writings, labelling the pieces with one word stick-its
trying to capture three decades of life; themes emerged from piles of stuff helped by stick-it notes
I could start to see several areas emerging slowly, these could be narrowed down. Another pass and these areas filtered down further and gradually four themes emerged
How hot the skin she coversLady Sute-jo (1633-38)
My earlier poems and writings were strongly Woman based, age, anger, hormones, outrage, struggling with children, career and marriage and I was not blessed with an even temperament. Perceived gender injustices having nowhere to go were caught in my notebook with no fact checking.
“Crow in Ajman with Carol” ink on paper January 2020
Post 3. will cover more of the contents of theme 1 Woman