Girl Powdering Her Neck by Cathy Song

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Liberated or Confined Do you feel liberated as the reader or confined when you read "Girl Powdering her Neck" by Cathy Song?

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I agree that the poem is more confining than liberating.  It is describing a woman who is making herself up to become essentially a plaything used for someone else's pleasure.

To me, the most poignant line is the last line in this passage:

She practices pleasure:
the pressure of three fingertips
applying powder.
Fingerprints of pollen
some other hand will trace.

This is very confining.  The idea that what she is doing is only for "some other hand" makes it seem as if she is caged.  She can't get away and be who and what she wants.

So, to me, this is a confining poem rather than a liberating one.

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This is a very interesting question to apply to this poem, as it is possible to read the author's attitude to the beautiful scene she is describing as being profoundly ambivalent. Personally, I see this...

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