Poetry Sunday: “One to Watch, and One to Pray,” by Camille Dungy

May 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Photo: WideVision Photography/Marcia Wilson.

The main strategy at work in this poem is repetition of words and phrases, like the unforgettable “we passed the baby over the bed.”

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Poetry Sunday: “That Year I Read Anne Frank’s Diary,” by Susan Cohen

May 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


How does this poet make it new, this story we know so well? One way is by bringing Anne Frank close with an intimate conversational tone (“Did she have the same trouble with her hair?”). Another is through vivid figurative language like “shy as my buds of breasts” and the potent image and sound of “soot twin.”

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Mother’s Day: “Gathering Bones,” by Wendy Barker

May 10, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


“Gathering Bones” braids two narratives-of-narratives: one, a film about a farmer whose retrieval of bones allows him to construct a history of the Holocaust in which he finds himself complicit; and another, the history of the speaker’s mother, reconstructed from memory and dreams.

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

May 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


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


“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

Rebecca Foust (Photo: Jeremy Thornton)

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


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


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

Rebecca Foust (Photo: Jeremy Thornton)

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


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


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


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


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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