Betsy Warland’s book 1987 book serpent (w)rite: (a reader’s gloss), begins with the writer getting lost in the northern woods of Ontario. Going around in circles, she experiences that reading is a form of survival which spirals her back to the split of Adam/Eve cast out of The Garden. Like a medieval text full of quotes from a wide range of texts, this polyvocal performance is playful yet deeply questioning of the Adam/Eve split precipitated by the rejection of the Serpent (based on an ancient goddess). The split Adam’s progeny: a culture of suppression, oppression, alienation, and violence. Formally, one of her most innovative books, reviewed in relationship to “language reformers such as Gertrude Stein and contemporary American poet Judy Grahn.”
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