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BEYOND PATRIARCHY POETRY Beyond Patriarchy JOY LADIN T HE POEM “ BEYOND PATRIARCHY ” FOLLOWS the tradition of Biblical prophets, who often write in the voice of God. How- ever, unlike the Biblical prophets, who channel or ventriloquize a patriarchal version of the Divine, this poem is written in the voice of the Shekhinah, the immanent, feminine aspect of God who, according to Jewish mysti- cal tradition, dwells among human beings and experiences what we experience. The Shekhi- nah’s voice here literally grows out of the 60 W W W .T I K K U N . O R G Biblical prophetic tradition, fusing language drawn from divine monologues in Isaiah 41 with language from the Cosmopolitan maga- zine article credited in the epigraph. To me, the Shekhinah is a trans feminine archetype, a disembodied being who is none- theless gendered, and who, like me and other transgender people, has to fight through the gender binary on which patriarchy depends in order to be seen, heard, or loved. WINTER 2019