In this lecture, Amelia Groom (also hosting a reading group on the haptics of written and spoken language) considers the mouth as a site of contact. Mouths are warm wet cavities into which we put food, and out of which come words. With these erogenous (eros-generating) zones, we taste, kiss, suck, sigh, sing, sip, spew forth, and get to know the world. They’re also sites of disciplinary inscription, where unevenly distributed regimes of power make contact with the flesh. Beginning with Anne Carson’s readings of the non-male voice in terms of disruptive leakiness and defilement, this lecture pays tribute to disobedient mouths in a range of literary, mythological, and artistic examples.