The Relenting: A Play of Sorts
After Lisa Gill spent two hours with a rattlesnake in her living room, she started writing. The resulting text is an interspecies dialogue where Woman and Snake tackle everything from myth and evolution to intimacy. Whether you consider The Relenting to be poetry or a play, know that Gill simply considered it necessary.
Poet Simon J. Ortiz writes that he is “intrigued by Lisa Gill’s voice in The Relenting because it is ‘tension as voice.’ Its power is an unrelenting insistence because of its unrelenting presence! The persona of Woman is provoked and compelled to exist sheerly by the seemingly antagonistic Snake. Bravo for the power of poetry as tension as voice!”