To Dream Herself Gone by Tekla McInerney

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My paternal grandmother was not shy about expressing contempt for her early 20th-century domestic existence. She witnessed growing opportunities for women that often remained out of reach for mill workers in minor industrial communities. Her modest scrapbook illustrates this discontent with three, small, mutilated family portraits. Carefully cutting herself out of each one, she was momentarily liberated from her deeply unfulfilled personal narrative.

She sipped tea from saucered cups
playing long games of solitaire
to dream herself gone —

She counted her blessings
hunting storms from the porch
to dream herself gone —

She crossed ankles and arms
watching Hitchcock in the dark
to dream herself gone —

She took scissors to photos
extracting wife mother widow
to dream herself gone —

Artist Bio

Tekla McInerney is a printmaker, book artist, and graphic designer living in Florence, Massachusetts. Towns along the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts have always been her home. In 2020, she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship/Finalist Award in drawing and printmaking. Her work is in many private collections as well as in the permanent collections of Hampshire College Library, Montefiore Medical Center, New York Public Library, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, University of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Michigan, University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections, University of Washington Library, Wheaton College, and Yale University Library. McInerney is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking studio in Florence, Massachusetts which is dedicated to safe and sustainable printmaking practices.