Conjuring the Moon

Ariella Berkowitz, University of Texas at El Paso


Conjuring The Moon wrestles with the question of why we as women still submit to norms created by men who can’t possibly understand our reality. Why should we support ideologies that claim to represent us while actively working against us? Why should we conform to a system that positions us as inessential Other? The speaker of this book aspires to liberate herself from such burdens. Conjuring the Moon encapsulates one woman's search for the feminine divine within herself, her religion, and her environment; but as empowering as this search may be, it remains inextricably connected to her social and historical role as inessential Other. Narrated primarily from a first-person point-of-view, a consistent, evolving I, inspired by myself, the poems in this book present a woman longing for feminine divinity in a world that reduces her status to inessential Other.

Subject Area

Creative writing|Literature|Womens studies

Recommended Citation

Berkowitz, Ariella, "Conjuring the Moon" (2024). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30991220.