Poetry Sunday: “The New Egypt,” by Robin Becker

May 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Becker’s subject—property acquisition and its relation to ideas of family and homeland—is an unconventional and powerfully moving choice for a sonnet, proving again the infinite elasticity and enduring vitality of the form.

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Poetry Sunday: “Annual Review,” by Connie Post

April 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“I like the plain language that, with devastating directness and restraint, tells the story of a whole world of language lost with that one quoted word.”

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Poetry Sunday: “What He Thought,” by Heather McHugh

April 19, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“This week’s column features ‘What He Thought,’ a narrative poem by Heather McHugh. I hope it will not be too much of a spoiler to reveal that this poem answers the perennial ‘What is poetry?’ question as well as, or better than, any poem or essay I’ve ever read.”

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Rebecca Foust, Featured Poet of the Day

April 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Our new Poetry Editor is featured in “Poetry Daily,” a treasure-trove of contemporary poetry on the Web.

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Writing for Fun: Enjoyable Workshops for the Fledgling Poet

April 14, 2015 by Susan Soriano

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By Susan Soriano

“Here’s what you should find in a poetry class beyond the welcome mat: good assignments, good manners, and good listeners. You’ll follow the rules while doing the work: you’ll take your turn; you’ll listen with intent; you’ll criticize constructively.

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Poetry Sunday: Freedom and Limits in Molly Peacock’s “Hayfield Poetica”

April 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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With its wonderful music and vivid imagery in a story complete with characters, dialogue, and drama, “Hayfield Poetica” powerfully combines lyric with narrative.

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Poetry Sunday: Wonderful News for WVFC and Our Readers

April 5, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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We are delighted to introduce our new Poetry Editor, Rebecca Foust. She is the perfect person to speak for our site and our belief in the magical and curative powers of poetry, and her journey is one that took the kind of determination and self-belief that we at WVFC hope to inspire in all generations of women.

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Poetry Sunday: “Coda,” by Miranda Field

March 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In poet Miranda Field’s delicate meditation on the acceptance of finality (“winter’s wreckage”), the poet reveals the landscape of a heart.

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Poetry Sunday: A Woman of Her Time and a Poet Now Gone

March 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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National Poetry Month, a fairly recent creation, has taken seed in our literary landscape like fragrant mint or swaying bamboo—with tenaciousness and intention to stay.

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Poetry Sunday: A Poet Without Place Understands a Land Without Time

March 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In “Land of No Time” we see that poet Therése Halscheid is fully conversant in the language of the natural world.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Inaugural,’ by Kathy Engel

March 8, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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At this very moment, our featured poet, Kathy Engel, is in Selma, Alabama. She is marching with thousands this weekend as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery that sparked the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Engel generously shares with us “Inaugural” on this date as a call to action and a guiding light as we, in our own lives, fight our battles—both personal and political. Her words impress upon us the urgency of “now” as the time “to be brave, to build, and to lie down in the street for justice.”

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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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