By Roderick Graham
In keeping with modern files and histories, Roderick Graham paints a distinct photograph of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, yet as a tender woman adrift within the risky seas of sixteenth-century politics. Mary Stuart had not one of the ruthlessness of her modern sisters, and the feminine empowerment of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers or Elizabeth Tudor handed her by way of. In an age of intellectually marvelous and robust girls, Mary trusted her good looks and style instead of cause and resolution. Passively and gracefully, she allowed occasions to overhaul her as injuries and whilst she did try and keep watch over her destiny she unwittingly set in a educate of occasions that might lead her to the executioner's block.
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She was just this long-haired woman who kept the books and had a cranky New York sense of humor, a blunt naïveté. Jennifer came and draped Guatemalan amulets on the barbed wire. Fire-eating friends turned up one day bringing beer, and smoking cigarettes in the dusty hallway because it was banned in our apartment. I joined them for a while, leaving the treadmill running, and considered counting the movement in absentia. But I couldn’t make myself do it and went back in, climbed on, and walked. I didn’t mind when they called me a wuss.
Not that gestures don’t have their power. What is that gazillion-dollar endeavor of advertising (or politics, or activism, or art) but an almost religious manipulation of images? Just before Lent started, I got some 2x4s and built an enormous caduceus in the living room to explore my own concerns about lesbian bodies. Barbed wire snaked up the form instead of a reptile, and the double arms of the cross hinted at abstract wings. I hung relics here and there, used lacquered tampons and test tubes filled with toe jam, fingernails, chunks of hair, or my own mysterious blood that doctors grabbed sometimes hoping to cure my mysterious fevers, later, my tangled guts.
I cut my ties. Soon left Kentucky. Unmoored, I moved from one city, one thing to the next. Waiting for hours in free clinics. Writing poems that were all intuition and rhythm and feelings deeply, but quickly, plumbed. Making these mute gestures in front of 2x4s. Still grappling with being a lesbian, no matter how it seemed. Half the reason I’d volunteered to facilitate meetings was that I’d have to use the word. ” It was a mouthful, but it meant I had to say the word, lesbian, lesbian, lesbian.
An Accidental Tragedy: The Life Of Mary Queen Of Scots by Roderick Graham