Pet’s Punishment, by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Angelo Cozzi – Anna – from Pigtails in Paint

In this poem devoted to a disobedient little girl, one sees how Ashby-Sterry viewed younger girls in a much different way than the teenagers he loved tenderly. He speaks of her in a patronising way, calls her ‘pet’, and threatens her with an insignificant caricature of punishment, in particular of parental violence, using instruments such as feathers, roses or kisses. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…