I have always been a supporter for women’s rights. But, I have never been a true activist. I wish to change that.
This summer, I began a project. This I named ‘the morse code project’. It is a chapbook of 9 poems, all revolving around the idea of womanhood, the stripping of it, and the reclamation of such. This chapbook serves a dual purpose in aiding women. The circulation of the poems itself is one: it spreads awareness of the problems women face daily. It exposes the very prevalent political turmoil women are drowning in.; it allows trauma to be portrayed through the beautiful medium of poetry.
Secondly, all net proceeds made from this project will be 100% donated to various organizations that support & protect women -- from survivor’s networks, to organizations that combat domestic violence, to healthcare clinics. This spread of awareness, and this money earned will make a difference for women. And I am proud to use a passion of mine in doing so.
Thus far, hundreds of dollars have been donated to charities such as CAMFED, Planned Parenthood, and Battered Women's Justice Project. I hope to continue this wave of change. This wave of activism; this wave of hope.
Perhaps my words are worth something; perhaps they can make a change. Hopefully you can be a part of that movement -- of that much needed change. Here are a few words about the book itself: Morse Code is a detailed, encoding scheme of telecommunication written in dots and dashes. The intention of this language is to send messages very fast, over long distances. In this mode of communication, both the symbols used, as well as the spaces between them are essential to translation. The most well-known signal being ‘… --- …’, SOS. This is a convenient way to show distress through efficient language. It is vital to omit the extraneous; only the necessary is sent. Morse Code is a way to transmit natural language with only electrical impulses, and that is what I plan to do here in this chapbook.
I aim to send this message quickly; I aim for it to travel long distances. I aim to omit the extraneous. I aim to encode meaning in as short of a message as possible. However, meaning that is deep, meaning that is essential. I aim to create poems and prose where the spacing is just as important as the language. Where I can prove distress efficiently and effectively. Where only the necessary is written.
This is a project of immediacy, importance, and intimacy. I aim for impact. I aim to create change -- even if that change is one poem, one word, one syllable, one space at a time.
Women earn 77% of a man’s earning for doing the same job. Black women get 64%; Latinas get 56%. 62 million girls around the world are denied an education. ⅘ victims of human trafficking are women. 15 million girls around the world are married under the age of 18 without consent per year. American women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan are more likely to be raped by a comrade then killed by an enemy. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive. Women around the world aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. One in five women on U.S. college campuses have experienced sexual assault. One in three women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Organized is a collection of poems that revolve around womanhood, and the stripping of such. The theft and reclaiming of being a woman are encoded here to signal SOS. To signal that change is needed. To signal that the treatment of these individuals is not okay; it must come to an end.
This is a project to bring awareness. This is a project to signal SOS, and respond to it just the same.
If you are interested in supporting this project, the sliding scale of donation is $5-10. Please fill out the form below, and your chapbook will be delivered within the week.
Thank you again for your time and consideration of my words.