June 14, 2022

What Makes Us Feel Guilty? Should It? An Exploration of Queerness, Family and Modern Day Society

Jack Diver

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Guilt Quilt, 2022

Why do we feel guilt? When should we? When shouldn’t we? Guilt Quilt is a poetry quilt presented as a transitional object of queer attachment. It is a reparative collection written in response to queer poetry mothers such as Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, and Audre Lorde, among many others. The collection consists of patches that discuss queerness, family, and society and the interwoven guilt surrounding these topics. In doing this Guilt Quilt encourages the reader to reflect on their sexual, familial, and societal guilt and assess its validity, as well as how this affects their self-expression. It is important that we address our guilt so that we can overcome unnecessary guilt and live freely as our authentic selves. However, necessary guilt must be addressed in order to create positive change.