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Kristen GrubbsNovember 19, 2017Poetry Reading Reflection“Myths are mesmerizing—I’ve always liked their simplicity, their insanity, their authority,” said Tania James, a professor in the MFA program at George Mason University. While at NCSU she read two works: one, Medusa, an unpublished, unedited short story, and two,The Liberator, another unpublished story about a trauma enlightening a woman. James vocalized that she focused on female rage while creating Medusa. She started a few paragraphs before the recent election, but felt the story was a shallow concept. Post-election she returned to it and realized what this story’s focus was. I enjoyed the background of the story, and James’ unique take on the “modern-day” Medusa. Medusa was not always a monster, but was a beautiful maiden before Poseidon raped her in Athena’s temple. Athena was enraged by thedisrespect, directed her rage at Medusa, and Medusa received her stone glare and snake hair. The
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