Apollo & Daphne is a story from Greek mythology. Apollo is passionately in love with Daphne however his love is unrequited.
As Apollo attempts to rape her, she calls to her father, the River God, Peneus for rescue.
Her father's response is to turn her into a laurel tree.
The myth ends with a description of the devoted Apollo tending the tree forever, a wreath of her leaves worn as a victor's crown.
But how must Daphne have felt, victim to Apollo and then to her father, who "saved" her by taking away her freedom?
In Daphne to Peneus, set years after her transformation, we hear the story from Daphne's perspective, her voice emerging from within the eternal prison of her wooden body.
Yasodhara, the wife of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, was abandoned by her husband on the night of their son's birth.
In Aubade: Buddha's Wife we hear from Yasodhara some weeks after she awoke to find herself a single parent, her anger and pain still fresh, her devotion to her son intensified.
The Greek story of Persephone is usually told from her mother's perspective.
Persephone is abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld. Her grieving mother Demeter then neglects her duties as Harvest Goddess.
Hades is convinced to release Persephone, but having eaten some pomegranate, she must return to Hades several months each year, the winter of Demeter's grief.
But what if Persephone ate the pomegranate on purpose?
In Persephone we hear from a teenager determined to make her own choices. To Persephone, hell is leaving her boyfriend every year to be with a mother who doesn't understand her, and in a torrent of repetition and shifting camera angles, she unleashes the revelatory tirade she had played and replayed in her head.
Shamhat, the temple prostitute in the ancient Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, plays an active role in the story only in the first two tablets.
It is she who, through sacred sexuality, tames the wild man Enkidu, taking him from his life with the animals and introducing him to the civilised world and King Gilgamesh, with whom he would go on to slay various monsters.
In Shamhat to Enkidu we hear from Shamhat long after she has left the story, as she takes us back to her past and gives us a vision of her future—our present—realising with regret how her gift to Enkidu did not have the result she had hoped for.