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Mythology is an important subject to me as a writer and I plumb the depths of myth often as I research human behavior through the ages. The gods and goddesses did set the tone for the evolution of humanity, after all!
In my diary entry Musing Through Classical Mythology, I highlight a wonderful day I spent exploring the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., spotting paintings and statuary depicting some of mythology’s most famous players. The visuals gave me the opportunity to present one of my all-time favorite poems, “The Triumph of Achilles” by Louise Glück, and to feature one of my poems from my first book of poetry, “Mythical Models for Twenty-First-Century Wives,” in which I use mythology as a jumping off point. Daphne and Persephone are the goddesses whose voices I use for the brooding tone of the poem.
In Rewriting the Myth of Pandora, I take the time to explore the less popular version of the myth set forth by Frances E. Sabin in his book Classical Myths That Live Today, in which he contends it was actually Epimetheus who opened the lid of Pandora’s box that unleashed all manner of ill wills onto mankind. To visually present the most maligned woman in mythology, I use paintings in which she is always draped in flowing fabric. This is an important aspect of the diary entry because I also present antique textiles by Pandora de Balthazár that I absolutely fell in love with when I saw them.