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

January 18, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Lydia Maria Child (1870)

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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Poetry Sunday: A Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Reflects

November 16, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Alice Pettway is a friend of “Women’s Voices for Change” and an ally of all of humanity. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, she retained her full-time dedication to poetry even as she took on the panoply of jobs assigned to her. She saw much as others have, but she understood what she witnessed in her own empathic way.

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Poetry Sunday: Making Amends to Our Bodies

November 9, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

ke pr photo by Phillippe

In “Amends to Parts of the Body,” Kathy Engel reminds us that while we are often so generous to the women-soldiers in our lives, encouraging them to be kind and gentle to themselves and to their bodies, we often neglect to offer that same comfort and kindness to our own bodies.

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Poetry Sunday: The Other Side of Pamela Ahlen

November 2, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Patricia Ahlen

Last week we published the portrait of a poet devotedly simplifying someone else’s life with “Cleaning Out M’s Garage,” by Pamela Ahlen. This week we offer her take on what collecting means.

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Poetry Sunday: What Women Do for One Another

October 26, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Patricia Ahlen

Today Pamela Ahlen takes us inside a garage and into a scene many of us will recognize. Women gather when women are widowed, taking up the tasks that weigh too much for any one person to do alone.

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Poetry Sunday: A Woman’s Viewpoint

October 19, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


This poem does one of the essential jobs of poetry. It takes a moment that might disappear and etches it into the reader’s consciousness as part of something larger, leaving us with a question that is much more powerful than an answer would be.

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Poetry Sunday: An October Night

October 12, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Seen through the eyes and sensibilities of poet Barbara Hagerty, an October night is a gathering of images. Here she invites us watch with her as autumn convenes its visions under the light of the moon.

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