Poetry. In MERRY HELL, Helen of Troy exposes the "misogynist spell" of the traditional (patriarchal) narrative that condemns her for the horrors of the Trojan War and insists "LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME".As it happened, Helen is neither abducted by nor runs off in love with Paris, but rejects Empire and leaves Sparta of her own volition. Helen's story, a heroine's journey, is interwoven with circumstances surrounding the Pétroleuse, or women incendiaries, of the 1871 Paris Commune as well as those of Occupy Oakland. As Ezra Pound states, "All eras are contemporaneous in the mind."
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Sara Larsen is the author of THE RIOT GRRRL THING (Roof Books, 2019), MERRY HELL (Atelos Press, 2016), and All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014) as well as several chapbooks. She was a recipient of a 2021 research grant for non-German literature from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.