With Honeyed Words is a text written from the perspective of a human eating couch called Vetus as she recounts her murderous ventures. With Honeyed Words was written as part of ongoing research on sexual cannibalism and the position of women in Ancient Greek mythology. The work borrows its title from the swallowing of Metis: Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods, seduces his sexual partner Metis following a lengthy courtship in which he finally entices her 'with honeyed words' to a couch and swallows her whole. The swallowing appears as the final stage of male sexual desire, considering consumption as "the fulfilment of oppression, the annihilation of will, of separate identity” (Adams, 1990).
Text work, 612 words
Supported by The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon
Featured in the publication 'Fool's Bells Fall' (2016). Available for purchase here
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