|Excerpt from Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr
Enter the thing in the wardrobe, regal, terrifying, one black wing, cobalt beak, clawed feet, taloned ﬁngers. It is scarecrow, transformed. Stands looking at woman, shakes itself down, woman stares at it.
Scarecrow takes woman’s hand, pierces vein in her wrist, a fountain of blood shoots out. Scarecrow dips quill into woman’s wrist. A cry of pain from Woman.
Woman We don’t belong here. There must be
Scarecrow You’re determined to go with romance on your lips.
Woman I know as well as the next that the arc of
Scarecrow It comes from the Latin, pati, to suffer
© Marina Carr , all rights reserved
Excerpted from *Woman and Scarecrow, published Gallery Press, 2006.
|Gallery Press celebrated their 43rd Anniversary in publishing this week of February 2013. Marina Carr is a playwright known to us for the excellence of her work. I was incredibly privileged to witness Marina read from her play Woman and Scarecrow in Galway during Gallery Press’ 40th Anniversary celebrations three years ago. I blogged about Carr’s reading here.
I am interested in how writers use the theatrical-space to create image and symbol, as much as I am interested in how poets use the theatrical-space for poetic works. Gallery Press publish both poetry and drama, thus I wanted to look at Marina Carr’s use of structure and symbol in Woman and Scarecrow. Thank you to Suella from The Gallery Press who has helped me to find the relevant sections of the play, and who has often aided me in the past with regard to permissions for hosting Gallery poets on this blog.