Featured Blog Posts – April 2011 Archive (45)

Double-crossed? Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950) is the poet all of us used to read when we were teenagers, the way a later generation of young women were thrilled by Sylvia Plath. 

The outspoken, unconventionally feminist and probably bisexual Millay was the most popular poet in America, the epitome of the…

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 29, 2011 at 5:31am — 3 Comments

Loving the Mess of Life: "Midnight Feeding" by Daisy Fried

And now for something completely different, you have to read Daisy Fried (1967--). 

Daisy is smart, and funny, self-mocking in the nicest way, and in love with the messiness of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 29, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Bliss in Solitude: "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver

This is my favorite poem by the great nature poet Mary Oliver (1935--). 

Oliver’s poetry always is able to find bliss in solitude because she has such a keen eye for the life—and also the mortality—of the nonhuman world around her.

 

 

 

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 29, 2011 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Sensual Pleasures You Don't Get from E-books

In Which Sarah Glazer Indulges in the Guilty Pleasure of Paper Books



The bell jingles when you open the door just like the quaint shops in old movies, the books stand open on the shelves inviting you to look at the colorful endpapers, and there’s a scent from fresh flowers in a vase.

 

That’s the enticing atmosphere of a bookshop in London’s Bloomsbury…

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Added by State of the Art on April 29, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Daring Writers Guide #4: Four Reasons You Need a Writers Group



It may be virtual. It may be your SheWrites connection. It may be a real-live flesh-and-blood meet-where-you-live writers group. Whatever form it takes, whether you read each other’s work, or coach each other through the finding-an-agent, dealing-with-your-editor, marketing-your-book end of things, if you’re going to be a writer, and a daring writer at that, you need pals. You need allies. You need a writers group. 

 

 

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Added by The Daring Writers Guide on April 28, 2011 at 11:28am — 14 Comments

Celebrating Womanhood: Poetry by Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) is typically remembered as a “confessional poet” who wrote about depression and the impulse toward suicide. 

Yet she was also exuberantly life-loving.  This poem is inspirational for me because of the way it celebrates the female body and the way its joy spills over into a sense that all women share, in some mysterious way, in any woman’s luck—that we…

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 28, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Published My First Book

In twenty-eight days, my third novel, SILVER SPARROW will be officially released.  It’s been almost ten years since my debut LEAVING ATLANTA and I have learned a lot since then.  To give you a feeling for how long it has been, I am posting my very first author photo which was shot by a friend’s boyfriend against the…

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Added by Tayari Jones on April 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 93 Comments

"Homage to My Hips" by Lucille Clifton

Here’s a poem by the wonderful poet Lucille Clifton (1935-2010) that never fails to make me smile. 

The woman’s hips are free, and so is she.  Forget about what a woman’s body is supposed to look like.  Forget about diets and Vogue.

 

 

 

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 27, 2011 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Around She Writes - April 27, 2011



Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.

 

BTW- There are 10,146 blog posts on She Writes – Here is the 10,000 post:

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Added by Mary Keating on April 27, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Speaking to Social Conscience: "Poem" by Muriel Rukeyser

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) is another godmother for all women poets.  

She wrote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about he life?/ The world would split open.”  Well, we are telling the truth, and the world is splitting open.  The title of the all-time most popular anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks, also comes form Muriel.  For me, she is…

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

A World of Women Writers Comes to New York

Jean Casella and Heather Hewett introduce some of the remarkable international women writers taking part in this week’s PEN World Voices Festival.

 

This is the week of the annual PEN…

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Added by Women in Translation on April 26, 2011 at 9:10am — No Comments

The Secret Life of Poets: Two Sides of Emily Dickinson

I can’t resist either of these two poems by Emily Dickinson (1830 –1886). 

 

Dickinson is famous for her reclusive life, but she carried on intense and often flirtatious correspondences with many friends. Early editions “corrected” her idiosyncratic style to make it conform to then-acceptable poetic conventions, but she is now recognized as a supremely bold, original poet—as great as…

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Added by Alicia Suskin Ostriker on April 25, 2011 at 10:11am — 12 Comments

Five Questions for...Anna Leahy

This week's winner of our new "15K" contest -- which will feature the writer who referred the most new members each week from now until we hit the 15,000 member mark -- is ANNA LEAHY!  (WE LOVE YOU ANNA!)  SW Founder Kamy Wicoff asked her Five Questions...…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on April 25, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

Jan Beatty – "Red Sugar"

Jan Beatty – title poem from Red Sugar (University of Pittsburgh Press 2008)

 

When I came across Red Sugar, via recommendation on Amazon no less, I got angry that I hadn't heard of her sooner. I felt cheated that I had not known about her in grad school; I could have learned so much!  So, although she's pretty well established with three books published already, I think it's appropriate to include her work as the final post for the week because I love the…

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Added by Khadijah Queen on April 24, 2011 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Naomi Benaron - "The Language of Water"

Naomi Benaron - "The Language of Water" from her unpublished chapbook The Bones by Which We Stand

 

Aside from being a celebrated and virtuosic prose writer, Naomi Benaron is an accomplished poet who delivers a deep sense of awareness and social conscience in her work. She manages to make sweeping and beautiful the most painful of subjects, rendering cinematically the best and worst of the human…

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Added by Khadijah Queen on April 23, 2011 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

The Daring Writer's Guide #3, I Have No Time

 



  To the vexations of matching creativity and thought-work with the ticking clock of daily life I have two things to offer. 

 

The first is a gentle organization of what we know about this conundrum.The second is a…

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Added by The Daring Writers Guide on April 22, 2011 at 5:56am — 7 Comments

Sarah Gambito – "Immigration"

Sarah Gambito – "Immigration," from Delivered (Persea Books 2009)

 

The speaker in "Immigration" is fierce and complex in questioning the nature and consequences of assimilation. The poem challenges simplistic definitions of immigration's legacy, whether for an individual or a country as a whole. In rejecting any assumptions that history is sacred, the poem is a dare and a scare and a middle finger. Its barbs are aimed at a constructed veneer, digging underneath the…

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Added by Khadijah Queen on April 22, 2011 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

Ashaki Jackson – "Passing Pamhona"

Ashaki Jackson – "Passing Pamhona" from her unpublished manuscript Thus Are Our Bodies

 

Ashaki M. Jackson's background as a social psychologist informs her work, as does her interest in the ritual cannibalism practices of "diminishing tribes" in the Amazon and elsewhere. Her poems consider takes a violently unimaginable act and re-frames it, showing how consumption of the body becomes a consumption of grief -- not such a far stretch in this poem, and delivered to…

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Added by Khadijah Queen on April 21, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Around She Writes - April 20, 1011

 

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week.

 

BTW- There are 9,983 blog posts on She Writes – hummm, wonder what the topic of the 10,000th posting is going to be…. Stay Tuned!

 

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Added by Mary Keating on April 20, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

BP Oil Spill One Year Later - What Have We Learned?

I know people are already sick of hearing about this anniversary. Since the cameras left last year and people have resumed their lives, it is assumed everything is back to normal, and guess what--pictures don't lie!  Or do they? See, there's a little thing in writing called "spin" and it has developed into a…

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Added by Zetta Brown on April 20, 2011 at 3:26am — 15 Comments

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