You are the Ball and We are the Touchdown
This project includes excerpts from a working anthology in progress. I included three poems which I feel represent the shaping of my femininity. I attempted to contrast my relationship with my mother, father and stepfather with interactions between myself and men in the world. Alongside these poems, I drew rough sketches which I felt best accompanied these poems. I have always loved to doodle, but have always confined them to the margins of my math homework. I got out of my comfort zone by merging the media of writing and art.
I initially began by picking three poems which I felt complemented each other in terms of the theme of femininity. I have been continuously inspired by the writing style and the simplistic yet representative sketches in Rupi Kaur’s work, both The Sun and Her Flowers and Milk and Honey. After brainstorming doodle ideas which highlighted the themes in the poetry, Ashley filmed me doodling the drawings. I sped up the videos with the program iMovie and added music as well.
Jyoti Gandhi Laverack is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Brooklyn, NY.