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Fear Inherited - Carissa Licciardello

An exploration of intuition in the face of seeming danger, from childhood through womanhood.

An indictment of the inhospitable world in which women must be ever-cautious; of rape culture, of gendered violence, of ever-rising statistics.

An emotional response.

A first attempt at spoken-word poetry.


This is a medium I have frequently admired for its combination of linguistic poeticism and performative potential – a way of giving language a physical dimension and impact; and for me, a female artist, a means to transmit experience affectively. This version of the piece is provided without visuals, focused upon the spoken word only.

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