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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Poetry Sunday: A Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Reflects

November 16, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Poetry Sunday: Pictures of a Marriage

October 5, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Today Martha K. Grant shares with us what most of us already know. “Till death do us part” doesn’t mean we won’t think about a different kind of life now and again.

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Poetry Sunday: One Woman’s Mammogram Moment

September 28, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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This week brings the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Poetry brings awareness to life’s moments, and here poet Patricia Zylius brings us a moment of heightened awareness from her own life.

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Poetry Sunday: A Woman’s Journey

September 21, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Poet, teacher, novelist, Maureen Gibbon commands words with confidence. Here she takes control of a journey and the memories that followed. A strong woman is always a guide worth hearing.

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Poetry Sunday: Beachcombing at Summer’s End

September 14, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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While those lazy hazy days of summer of which Nat King Cole once sang are wonderful in their way, there is much to be said for the precious moments walking the beach as autumn intimates its arrival. For Nikia Leopold, the treasures are many—not only those she can hold, but the hopes to which they lead.

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Poetry Sunday: Joan Rivers, Audrey Hepburn, and Us

September 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Sighted in person in 2001, she was frightening—frozen, a waxen figure from “The Twilight Zone.” Two weeks later, on TV, she looked better. In the 2010 documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” she looked even better—never particularly real nor her age, but more animated and more, well, human.

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Poetry Sunday: Back to “Real” Life

August 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Here we see that when Helen Hay Whitney returned to her engaged and enormous life, she took with her the comfort of something simple that she had learned to love.

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Poetry Sunday: The Wise Woman of Amherst

August 24, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Emily Dickinson: If only we all—from Missouri to the Middle East and North, South, East, and West of those places, too—understood as she did.

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Poetry Sunday: Found in a Forest

August 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Today we watch and listen as poet Cris Mulvey takes us on a long walk through her past and into a forest where instead of darkness she finds light.

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