Poetry Sunday: “A Bell Buried Deep,” by Veronica Golos

October 4, 2015 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

What makes this poem so memorable? Maybe it’s the subject I impute to it—loss of a child—and the remarkable way the poem transmutes the speaker’s grief into a life-force of desire for the “you” in the poem, her lover and marriage partner.

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Poetry Sunday: Anna Akhmatova Poems Translated by Meryl Natchez

September 27, 2015 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

Anna Akhmatova evolved from a bohemian lioness into the embodiment of suffering and courage. In her last years, she found herself surrounded by young poets who saw her as a sort of deity of modern Russian poetry and history. Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky was her favorite disciple. In a century that shattered so many other Russian traditions, their friendship gave strength and continuity to Russian poetry.

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project: ‘Washing the Dust From Our Hearts’

September 22, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

AWWP maintains a high level of secrecy to protect its writers. The Internet café in Kabul that is used by many of the women is at an undisclosed location. All of the women write under pseudonyms and avoid including details in their work that could give away their identities. Some of the writing from the Internet workshops is not posted because it would put the writer in certain danger.

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Poetry Sunday: “In Another Version, I Have a Child With G-d,” by Julia Levine

September 20, 2015 by Rebecca Foust

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By Rebecca Foust

I enjoy the humor in God’s cutting out to avoid a diaper change and the lame (yet mythical) things he brings home instead of milk and tomatoes (“a bushel of Horned melon / and three goats rescued from a cliff in Crete”). And I love, love that final dazzling list of things that God did get—just right.

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Poetry Sunday: “Wind Gusts,” by Sharon Coleman

September 13, 2015 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

Embracing the wind gusts in life—questioning everything one believes—can be its own form of solace.

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Poetry Sunday: “Such a Pretty Face,” by CB Follett

September 6, 2015 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

In CB Follett’s “Such a Pretty Face,” the bullies include not just the usual cast of suspects (corner boys, classmates, and construction workers) but also the speaker’s aunts, uncles, great-grandmother, mother, a sister or cousin, and a grandmother whom the speaker clearly loves.

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Poetry Sunday: “Unicorn in Captivity,” by Marion Dornell

August 30, 2015 by Rebecca Foust


From the beginning, I was struck by the voice in the poems. Many were written in persona (spoken by pre-Civil War slaves, people in service of the Underground Railroad, WPA workers and others), but Marion Dornell’s voice rang through them all, pulling the thread that connected poems spanning generations and genders.

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Poetry Sunday: “Mating Season,” by Andrena Zawinski

August 23, 2015 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

The writer of “Mating Season,” Andrena Zawinski, tells me that it “is one of those poems that appears like an unexpected gift that only needs to be accepted, in this case written down.”

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Poetry Sunday: “Necessities,” by Rusty Morrison

August 16, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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This poem is about finding—in the middle of a hectic day in a hectic life—a moment of deep stillness. And about how such moments nourish and allow us to experience silence and to rediscover a place from which creativity can emerge.

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Poetry Sunday: “Anchor,” by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

August 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


We get a glimpse into what the speaker’s life was like when she was 20: joyous, but also with the fear of getting loose and lost. Remembering all that confers perspective and the realization that the anchor is not marriage and motherhood but “the self,” and that being anchored can be a positive thing.

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Poetry Sunday: Susan Terris: ‘Memo Poems’

August 2, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Susan Terris’s “memo poems” are an example of a “nonce” or made up form—here unrhymed and unmetered couplets with no capitalization and no punctuation. According to Terris, the apparent informality of the poems is “deceptive” and produced work that was, for her “uncharacteristically raw and intimate.”

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Einstein’s Violin,’ and ‘Some Birth Day,’ by Sally Ashton

July 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


It took me awhile to get used to the idea of prose poetry—I love rhyme and meter and at first could not imagine poetry without these musical qualities. But reading the prose poems of contemporary poets has opened my ideas to the imaginative possibilities of this form, and I hope that these poems by Sally Ashton will do the same for you.

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Poetry Sunday: “Please Do Not Persist,” by Martha Rhodes

July 19, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


It is obvious almost immediately that the speaker (whose diction has a delightfully Shakespearian bent) “doth protest too much” and clearly does not mean what she is saying; the scope of her renouncements, from visiting beloved places to going out for shampoo, is comically hyperbolic.

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Poetry Sunday: “Sinkhole,” by Heather Altfeld

July 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


How remarkable that this poem, crammed with images of destruction, can end with life and its own version of an earned and cautious hope! Love is like a sinkhole that swallows us whole, Heather Altfeld says, and she says it with no little sense of menace. And then she surprises us by concluding that we may as well just take the plunge.

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Poetry Sunday: “The Antipode,” by Susan Griffin

July 5, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Susan Griffin often writes about the “big issues” like social justice, gender, war, history, philosophy and politics. She wrote today’s poem after seeing the work of Claudia Bernardi, an artist whose passion for human rights and social justice finds expression in collaborative projects with communities that have been the victims of state terror, violence and human rights violations.

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