Many people associate girlhood with a kind of docility, innocence, and gentleness. I've always seen a hidden perversity in that state. My own adolescence has been complex, multi-layered, raw, and full of tension. That has caused me to become obsessed with the savageness inside softness, and constituted a chief goal in my own writing. I hope that the Fragments of Persephone feature illuminates some of that charge and intensity when exploring relationships to femininity in poetry.
//Julia Falkner is a poet from the foothills of Louisville, Colorado. This year she is writing about old movies, finishing high school, and representing the West region of the United States as a National Student Poet. Currently, she is working to lead a poetry workshop project with LGBT+ youth in Colorado. She also enjoys binge-watching Twin Peaks, neuroscience, and hitting the same four power chords on the electric guitar over and over again.