Film & Television

Two New Series Get Physical, Without Much Success

By Alexandra MacAaron
Here at Women’s Voices for Change, we’ve long lamented the fact that in Hollywood, women get much less opportunity behind the camera than men do. Although recent numbers have improved (since 2018, the number of top box office movies directed by women has more than doubled), there is still a long way to go before we see gender parity. One…
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Poetry

“Private Collection,” by Shelley Wong

By Amanda Moore
“Private Collection” by Shelley Wong perfectly captures the experience of museum-going. Standing in a museum gallery, our speaker sifts back through other galleries, thoughts, and experiences as a woman and as a partner, a private (re)collection of sorts.
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Poetry

“Death by Chocolate,” by Sandra Beasley

By Rebecca Foust
This poem draws attention to two convenient plot points. One is glibly introducing the death of a woman as a narrative catalyst; the other is the crisis of an anaphylactic reaction, invoked without any regard for the lived experience.
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Poetry

Ordinary Psalms
by Julia B. Levine

By Rebecca Foust
A major theme in 'Ordinary Psalms' is the speaker’s incipient loss of sight, a condition with rich metaphorical possibilities for the blindness of humanity in the abstract and also more concretely in recent American political cycles.
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Poetry

“In Line to Vote on Our Future Climate,” by Meg Day

By Rebecca Foust
The poem speaks from the present, when climate disaster is incipient but not yet realized, when we still “did not know to fear” the sun. It poses images of lushness and life against those of aridity and death, allowing readers to draw their own inevitable conclusions about what we hope for our planet.
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Poetry

Poems by Rajzel Żychlińsky 

By Susan Cohen
The three poems here by Rajzel Żychlińsky all express how the Holocaust shadowed her life, forming for her what she describes as a “fourth dimension,” as if it invented its own physics and warped reality itself.
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Poetry

Karen Benke: “Spring Cleaning”

By Maxine Flasher-Düzgünes
"Another part of the poem’s process was in thinking through what it means to really, truly forgive forever: forgive ourselves, forgive another human. How it’s a gift for both people." - Karen Benke
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Family & Friends

About My Mother

By Nancy A. Lane
I write about my mother to fill the gap she left, to attenuate my orphanhood, to keep her with me, and because I need to know who she was in order to know who I am.
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Film & Television

Moms at the Movies

By Alexandra MacAaron
Happy Mother’s Week! Whether you watch with a mother or someone who made you a mother, you’ll find these titles an excellent reminder of maternal strength, courage, conviction — and sometimes comedy and complications.
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Poetry

[Mother’s Day]: “Dusk” by Tracy K. Smith

By Rebecca Foust
I chose “Dusk” by Tracy K. Smith for its frank expression of the double-edged sword that is motherhood (parenthood, really): We adore our children more than life itself, and if we do a good job of raising them, they one day will abandon us.
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