Susan diRende reads from her memoir, My Vagabond Year at the opeing of Art Is a Living Thing, a group retrospective of art created by residents of the New Zealand Pacific Studios Artist Residency Centre from 2001-2016 at the Aratoi Museum in Masterton, NZ.

Girl Story Erasures - 1

Found a book in a second-hand store here in NZ for girls in the 1970s. Had to mess with the text. This is my first erasure poem ever taken from the first story in the book, Adventure Stories for Girls.

Posture with Voltaire


what the funny?

"It is a very serious thing to be a funny woman"

Feminist humor is not an oxymoron. All female humor is feminist, because all female humor takes over the body of the audience/reader when it triggers a laugh. It isn't just different in that a woman is making the jokes. Women's humor in general has a different shape from the guys' in what I call the "multiple-orgasm model" that is as different from Aristotle's as lipstick is from a hockey stick. (title quote by the 19th Century humorist,  Frances 'Berry" Whitcher)


I go to the canvas or the computer to find what I didn’t know was in me.
— Susan diRende