Poetry Sunday: “It Was So Warm Inside”

March 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Before, there were harts in diptychs, and odes written on Grecian urns. That was all before Lucie Brock-Broido danced a magic figure across the Winter Sonnet.

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Poetry Sunday: Modified Rapture

February 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“Sonnet IV,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, takes a rather jaundiced view of passion.

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Poetry Sunday: Presidents’ Day Weekend

February 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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What is most striking about our featuring two male poets two weeks in a row is that we are presenting them because of their understanding and celebration of women.

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Poetry Sunday: A Great Woman Poet Picks a Great Love Poem

February 8, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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While it is rare for us to spotlight poems by men, it is appropriate for us to note that a great contemporary woman poet cites “When You Are Old” as a notable love poem.

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Poetry Sunday: The Pigment of Time

February 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“Monarch,” a poem by Amanda Turner: Hunger motivates desire that is serious, yet sometimes playful; terrifying, but not perilous. We bounce and roam, finding sanctuary between the “true breadth of tiny” and a “kingdom of wheels.”

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Poetry Sunday: The Devouring

January 25, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Hunger motivates generosity; above all, art sustains us in this spare, intricately carved poem by Amanda Turner.

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Poetry Sunday: “I Was Playing Girl. . .”

January 18, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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There is a voice that sings “beyond the genius” of Wallace Stevens’s famed sea, a voice that soothes by revealing intimate knowledge gained through passionate and complex experience . . .

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Poetry Sunday: Roll, Fold, Turn

January 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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We are all emboldened by a winning pattern, a practice. We learn to rise above what hurts us. This maternal tribute, “Polaroid of My Mother,” by poet Cindy Stewart-Rinier, carries its own weight.

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Poetry Sunday: Humble Onions

January 4, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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A trudge in the cold, “to take out the trash in the dark,” becomes an exalted and memorable experience in this spellbinder by Kristina Bicher

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Poetry Sunday: A Possible 2015 Resolution

December 28, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Oh, how we turn away from the ugly, the unreliable, the anxiety-producing. Staying positive requires vigilance and nudging. Here Francie Puccio suggests a way to face the coming year and its days.

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Poetry Sunday: Food for Holiday Thought

December 21, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Do we not need to be reminded that humanity, with all its hopes for and intentions of good will, has yet to lose its fear-based suspicions and hatreds? We offer Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells” as food for thought.

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Poetry Sunday: Alice Pettway Season

December 14, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Here Alice Pettway gives us an African season that is as remote as it is exotic and beautifully rendered.

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Poetry Sunday: Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Visitors to Pearl Harbor today are stirred by the USS Arizona Memorial, the hull of the sunken ship from which our nation’s flag flies. On the path to the memorial, one can see the poem that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt carried with her during those long years of horror and suffering.

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Poetry Sunday: In Africa with Alice Pettway Once Again

November 30, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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A true poet can paint atmosphere with words. What’s more, the poet/artist can be both observer and participant. Here is what that looks like when it is done superbly.

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Poetry Sunday: “Over the River and Through the Wood” (aka “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”)

November 23, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Hurrah for the pumpkin pie! And hurrah for the nineteenth-century abolitionist, women’s-rights activist, scholar, and novelist Lydia Maria Child—the strong woman, so far ahead of her time, who wrote the poem that has become America’s favorite Thanksgiving song.

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