Before I picked up Grasshopper, I'd been reading Raven's Paradise by Red Hawk. I mention this because, while I found plenty to like in Raven's Paradise, I was getting pretty sick of the fact that all the women in the story were Totems of Femininity. (It makes one feel inadequate, somehow.) I don't mean to single out Red Hawk especially; this is just an exhausting fact about most creation myths.
So I was delighted when, opening my new book to page 4, I found a version of the Garden of Eden myth beginning with the line "Before stereotypes began to harden..." and ending with the poet casually handing God the pronoun "Her" (the only gendered pronoun in the entire poem). Instead of Totems of Masculinity and Femininity, Ada and Evan come off as naughty children: they "Argu[e] maturely "Did!", "Didn't!", "Did"," and then make up flimsy excuses when God catches them with the fruit in their hands. God is not such a great parent, to put it mildly: when She spots "greed and gore and genocide" in the distance, Her response is simply, and I quote: "Screw it." (These aren't spoilers, are they? I mean, you've all heard the story before.)
I've picked an easy one this morning: it's only 20 lines long; it's got rhyme (AABB quatrains) and meter (loose iambic tetrameter); it's funny and tells me something I wanted to hear anyway. My next mission will be to comment on something that's more of a stretch for me.