Satellites Out of Orbit

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This collection of feminist poetry and prose includes Thus Saith Eve, UnMythed, Deare Sister, Soliloquies: the lady doth indeed protest, and Snow White Gets Her Say. Feminist critique of the Bible, Shakespeare, Greek and Roman mythology, and fairy tales, and a bit of fictional women’s history.
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This is what happens is her latest work: How is it that the girl who got the top marks in high school ends up, at fifty, scrubbing floors and cleaning toilets for minimum wage, living in a room above Vera’s Hairstyling, in a god-forsaken town called Powassan?
"An incisive reflection on how social forces constrain women’s lives. … Great for fans of Sylvia Plath, Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook." Booklife/Publishers' Weekly

Soliloquies: The Lady Doth Indeed Protest is a collection of soliloquies delivered by Shakespeare's women, protesting the role given to them. The soliloquies formed the basis of a recent theatrical production, "Not Such Stuff", by Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland, and have also been used as audition pieces by many aspiring actresses. High school English teachers might also be interested in using the soliloquies in their Shakespeare units.

Thus Saith Eve is the second in a series of ebooks featuring women from various traditions. In "Thus Saith Eve", women from The Bible deliver critiques of their stories -- as if they had a feminist consciousness.

UnMythed is the third in the series. This collection of poems reveals the myths within the myths revealed: what might Pandora, Circe, Penelope, Eurydice, Persephone, the Gorgons, and others have thought and done if they had not been the creations of a chauvinist patriarchy? For poetry fans, especially feminist; of interest to scholars of Greek and Roman mythology; a good resource for English teachers who teach a Mythology unit.

Deare Sister is the fourth in the series, a collection of letters that might have been written by by Lady Godiva, Milton's daughter, Rubens' model, Mozart's mother, Freud's wife, Plato's students, and others -- assuming a feminist consciousness. (What would they say?)

Snow White Gets Her Say, the last in the series, is a collection of the classic fairy tales retold - what would have happened if Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and others had been strong and critical girls and women living today?

The five ebook collections above appear in a single book (available in print as well as e-formats) titled Satellites Out of Orbit.

dreaming of kaleidoscopes is a selected 'best of' collection of wind's poetry spanning about fifteen years from the poet's late teens in the 70s to her early thirties in the 90s.

Paintings and Sculptures is a collection of feminist and socially conscious poetry, each piece describing a painting or a sculpture: some, a re-vision of a classic; others, an original work not yet realized. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dali, Botticelli, Monet, Rodin are among the artists whose work is re-imagined.

Particivision and other stories is a collection of short stories presenting a socially conscious critique of various issues in our society by re-visioning significant attitudes and activities: watching tv, going to school, shopping, advertising, hunting, environmentalism, militarism, suicide, the news, competition, sex, religion, government. Social commentary and activism via fiction.

Excerpts is a miscellaneous collection of early prose and poetry.


Actors looking for fresh, new audition pieces -- check out Soliloquies: The Lady Doth Indeed Protest (Shakespeareanesque soliloquies with a twist), Thus Saith Eve (monologues), Deare Sister, and Snow White Gets Her Say.

Also, "Amelia's Nocturne" (see Amelia.htm) can be performed as a theatrical piece: a simple set consisting of a writing table with an inkwell and note paper, the music (live piano and voice in the corner) woven into the monologue.

Painters and sculptors -- I've been looking for the longest time for artists to 'actualize' the paintings and sculptures in Paintings and Sculptures for exhibit...if anyone's interested, contact me!

English teachers – consider using Soliloquies: The Lady Doth Indeed Protest for your Shakespeare unit and UnMythed for your myths unit.

Women's history scholars -- you might be interested in Deare Sister.


chris wind has degrees in Literature, Education, and Philosophy.

Her poetry has been published in Alpha, The Antigonish Review, Ariel, Atlantis, Bite, Bogg, Canadian Author and Bookman, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Woman Studies, Contemporary Verse 2, The Free Verse Anthology, Girlistic Magazine, grain, Interior Voice, Kola, Mamashee, The New Quarterly, Next Exit, Onionhead, Poetry Toronto, Prism International, Rampike, Shard, The University of Toronto Review, The Wascana Review, Whetstone, White Wall Review, Women's Education des femmes, and three anthologies (Clever Cats, ed. Ann Dubras; Going for Coffee, ed. Tom Wayman; Visions of Poesy, ed. Dennis Gould). “Luncheon on the Grass" was the motive poem for an exhibit by Brooks Bercovitch and Colton at the Galerie Schorer, Montreal (1998).

Her prose has been read on CBC Radio and published in ACT, Alpha, American Atheist, The Antigonish Review, Canadian Woman Studies, event, Existere, (f.)Lip, Herizons, Herstoria, The Humanist, Humanist in Canada, Hysteria, The New Quarterly, Other Voices, Secular Nation, and Waves.

Her theatrical works have been performed by Laurel Theater, Alumnae Theatre, Theatre Resource Center, Theatre Asylum, Buddies in Bad Times, and A Company of Sirens.

chris wind has received thirteen Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve grants based on publisher and theatre recommendation.

chris wind was a panellist at the Canadian National Feminist Poetry Conference (Winnipeg, 1992), and featured in an article in The Montreal Gazette (1994).

Lastly, chris wind is listed in “Who’s Who in Hell” (probably because of “Faith,” “The Great Jump-Off,” and Thus Saith Eve).

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Isabel Ischenko reviewed on April 5, 2012

Chris Wind’s ‘Satellites out of Orbit’ provides a “contemporary feminist perspective” of marginalised and silenced characters from myth, legend and modern history. The author attempts to reveal how a patriarchal society impacts the retelling of stories and history to reinforce the status quo and is, for the most part, very successful.

The book is divided into 5 sections: epistles, myths, letters, soliloquies and fairytales. Epistles contains the point of view of women silenced in the Bible. The concept is novel, but the execution is sometimes a little awkward. The ‘voices’ of Mrs Noah and Vashti in Epistles are very entertaining, but this is not consistent throughout the section, making the characters a little two dimensional. However, in the remaining sections, most of the characters have a distinctive ‘voice’.

Wind’s style is politically feminist. Issues such as infidelity, incest, abortion, marriage, childbirth and ambition are examined in light of how society places constraints on women. Obviously the pieces are written with a post modern perspective and shed light on how far women have actually come – from being relegated to childbearing and having to disguise themselves as men to experience success outside the home to having ambitions apart from traditional roles realised.

Wind has also provided an extensive appendix and advises readers to be familiar with the original stories in order to get the most out of the pieces. However, in the Kindle version, the hyperlink to the appendix is at the end of each piece, making flicking back and forth difficult.

‘Satellites out of Orbit’ is an entertaining read. To get the most out of it, the reader requires an open mind. It needs to be taken for what it is: a subjective view on the subjectivity of literature and history. Wind exposes how the simple stories that are often considered ‘romantic’, or are the basis for belief systems, can be used for the subjugation of women. The pieces also point out that there is still a paradox in our society as women have greater freedom outside of the home, but are still expected to attain certain ‘ideals’.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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