meredithelisabeth said: Hello I was wondering if you would be so kind as to explain to me the meaning of your Poem peter, the wolf, and their boat? I think it's beautiful I just want to understand the poem more. Thanks!❤️
Hey, not sure if there’s necessarily a definitive ‘meaning.’ I kind of just figured it out as I went along. But I’ll do my best to explain my thought process, since I hate when writers dodge questions by pretending their ‘process’ is some like sacred and mysterious thing. It’s like, you’re just slapping words together, Geppetto. Get over it.
Anyway I’ve been reading Ursula K. Le Guinn’s A Wizard of Earth Sea recently, in which the main conflict is basically the hero’s shadow spends years and years trying to hunt and kill him. I thought it was really powerful, and wanted to do something that had a similar sort of fatalistic magical tone. I figured I’d use a wolf bc they’re cool and spooky and archetypal. From ‘wolf’ I jumped to Peter, but also Little Red Riding Hood. Then I figured I could combine the two and do a thing where the hostility turns sexual by the end. Like maybe the narrator secretly liked it. That felt like the right move. Get real weird and then just end it with a big creepy ‘wtf?’ Then vanish in a puff of smoke.
Thanks for the q. Hope this helped.