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Madison Griffiths’ latest poem is an ode to women everywhere

The First Superhero Was A Woman A4 Print – $20 | Available now on the VWT Shop
Poem Madison Griffiths Artwork Alice Lindstrom

Some months ago we approached writer and poet, Madison Griffiths, with the task of creating a ‘feminist blessing’ of sorts. We also told her that local artist Alice Lindstrom would use her words as a spring board for a bespoke VWT artwork.

Madison rose to the challenge, creating the fierce and tender work, The First Superhero Was A Woman. Her poem is now available on the VWT Shop as a limited edition piece, printed on A4 Canson Printmaking Rag 310gsm by Hound & Bone Studio. 

The First Superhero Was A Woman features artwork by Alice Lindstrom, who says, “[Madison’s] words conjure up the image of a woman, standing defiantly, ready for battle with both hope and heart.”

With only 50 prints in existence, this is a feminist collector’s item worthy of frame and a place on your wall. Read it in full:


THE FIRST SUPERHERO WAS A WOMAN

 

THE FIRST SUPERHERO WAS A WOMAN.
ASK HER ABOUT INVISIBILITY CLOAKS, AND SHE’LL TELL YOU:
IN EVERY MOTHER’S LINEAGE, VEILED MAGICIANS CACKLE, ROAM AND
GATHER.
THERE ARE SORCERERS IN US, EXPECTED TO SCRUB THE PRIDE FROM
OUR SPECTACULAR CAPES.

THE FIRST SUPERHERO WAS A WOMAN.
NIGHT-VISION WARRIOR, WHO LISTENS FOR DEAD-OF-NIGHT RUSTLES,
HER FINGERS MUFFLING SHARPENED KEYS.
A WOMAN STRONGER, MORE POWERFUL, THAN MILLENNIUMS OF
INJUSTICE—STILL WITH SPACE FOR HOPE, WANT AND DEODORANT IN
HER CARRY BAG.

WOMEN HEAL:
SOME HAVE CONCOCTIONS OF LIFE THAT STIR AND LEAK FROM THEIR
BUSTS, AND OTHERS HAVE OPEN ARMS.
HEARTS AND HANDKERCHIEFS TO PASS AROUND.

THE FIRST SUPERHERO WAS A WOMAN,
BESTOWED WITH STUPENDOUS FORTITUDE.
WATCH AS SHE PICKETS AS THE WORLD WATCHES: A FORCE WITH
STAYING POWER AND SIGNPOSTS.

The First Superhero Was A Woman
Written by Madison Griffiths (2018)
Commissioned by the Victorian Women’s Trust
Artwork by Alice Lindstrom

Available now as an A4 print ($20) via the VWT Shop.

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Madison Griffiths is a freelance writer, artist and poet whose work has been published VICESBSDaily LifeOverlandPEDESTRIAN.TVCatalogue Magazine and Broadsheet. She was also the first person to get their pen licence in fourth grade. Visit her tumblr for more info and follow Madison on instagram or twitter.

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