Daughters of Discordia

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Poetry. Here is a revisionist poetry — reclaiming, inventing and rediscovering the voices of 'the malodorous/women of the crime: servant, orphan, spinster/herded, prodded, chained together.' Owens frees these women to sing, some from the grave, and turns point of view on its head. The poems in this book serve as footnotes for history...Discordia, goddess of error, reigns over all that happens in this book — Denise Duhamel.

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Poetry. Here is a revisionist poetry — reclaiming, inventing and rediscovering the voices of 'the malodorous/women of the crime: servant, orphan, spinster/herded, prodded, chained together.' Owens frees these women to sing, some from the grave, and turns point of view on its head. The poems in this book serve as footnotes for history...Discordia, goddess of error, reigns over all that happens in this book — Denise Duhamel.

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Foreword 9
1 The Instigator
The Banishment: Myth--Discordia, goddess of error, banished by Zeus 17
2 The Act
Difficult: 1638--Dorothy Talbye, strangler, hanged 21
Sheep and Fodder: 1697--Felon, released from prison 23
The Miserable Sinner: 1787--Alice Clifton, slave, infanticide, hanged 25
My Father Sold Me to Pay His Debts: 1731--Murderer, burned 27
The Sea Witch of Billingsgate: To Her Betrayer: 18th-century legend--Goody Hallett, sorceress, sank Black Sam Bellamy's ship 29
God Is a Cowboy Who Rides a Lame Horse: 1865--Mary Harris, murderer, incarcerated 31
Homestead Claim No. 2003: 1889--Ella Watson, brothel owner and cattle rustler, lynched 33
The KGB Sex School for Spies: Men Called "Ravens," Women "Swallows": 1971--Miriam Morales, Treason, murdered 35
Nine Stones: 1987--Marybeth Tinning, serial infanticide, imprisoned 38
3 The Cell
The Disappearing Woman: 1855--Karana, indecent behavior, desecrating religious property, locked up 49
By the Train Station at Astapovo: 1919--Countess Tolstoy, alleged adultery, exiled from her husband's deathbed 52
The Watch Book: 1863--Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard, religious heretic, sent to insane asylum by her husband without trial 54
Suffrage, 1917: Imprisoned for Obstructing Traffic: Suffragette, imprisoned 57
After Twenty-one Years: 1883--Vera Figner, political terrorist, imprisoned for life 61
Kim's Story: 1989--Kim Hyon Hui, terrorist, sentenced to death 63
4 The Innocent/The Guilty
The Arsenic Eater: 1840--Hannah Kinney, poisoner, acquitted 69
My Heart Beats in Wild Rapture for You: Come Prepared to Stay Forever: 1866--Belle Gunness, serial killer, escaped 71
The Snow-White Dove: "Helpless, Hapless, and Forlorn": 1850--Ann Simpson, poisoner, acquitted 73
When I Was an Eggshell: 1991--Pamala Pressman Sainsbury, murderer, acquitted 75
The Almighty Fireball: 1992--Kiranjit Ahluwalia, murderer, imprisoned 78
Ma Barker and Her Gang: Herman, Arthur, Freddy, Karpas (Creepy) & Loyd (Doc): 1872-1935--Ma Barker (Arizona Donnie Clark) murderer, kidnapper, bank robber, shot in a raid 80
Acknowledgments 84
About the Author 86
Colophon 88
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