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Poetry Friday: Crows

By Women's Voices For Change
As I write this I am looking out of a window in an air conditioned (!) Barnes & Noble in Houston. I have just seen a crow.  Once again I am reminded of how Lisa Russ Spaar can take the particular and poetically turn it into the pertinent, the powerful, the universal. It is snowing where I live. The shops…
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Poetry Friday: God’s Gym

By Spaar Lisa Russ
My evening commute takes me along a highway that could be Anywhere, USA — a rootless route of chain restaurants, box stores, motels, gas stations. One evening, stopped at a red light, I noticed that the “L” in the local strip-mall Gold’s Gym sign had gone dark. I had one of those delicious negative epiphanies I can have, if I’m…
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New Years’ Poetry Friday: An End of The Year Gift from Lisa Russ Spaar

By Women's Voices For Change
You may recall that earlier in 2009 we celebrated Lisa Russ Spaar with these words from the judges of the Library of Virginia Literary Award: “her poems ‘abound in surprising inversions of syntax, and a diction striking for its sudden shifts from demotic to baroquely laden speech — from imagistic precision to statement.’” What better way to celebrate the end…
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Watching a Poet Emerge: Rachel McGregor Rawlings

By Women's Voices For Change
WVFC contributing editor Rachel McGregor Rawlings grew up in Philadelphia, where she has returned after years in California and New York, calling herself “a missionary among the Mets-loving heathens.” Like not a few other English majors, she adds, she now divides her time “between freelance writing and delivering pizza.” While in New York, Rawlings studied poetry with Marilyn Hacker, Barry…
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Poetry Friday: Laura Sillerman on Going Back to School

By Women's Voices For Change
A published author and poet, WVFC poetry editor Laura Baudo Sillerman (seen here addressing our Time of Your Life benefit in March) is also president of a New York City-based charitable foundation and an active board and committee member for many educational and literary organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, The 92nd Street Y Poetry Center and Poet’s…
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Poetry Friday: The Jellyfish

By Women's Voices For Change
Moving its translucent mass through the watery shadows of the dock and then, past the dock (some- thing so real which now is not), the jellyfish swam in its slow float while we (I and my daughter, then just three) ran back and forth predicting that limp pink gleam and each embodiment it would seem. “A jello umbrello!” she began…
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Poetry Friday: Mary Jo Bang

By Women's Voices For Change
The facts are these: Mary Jo Bang has published five books of poetry, including Louise in Love, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon and Elegy. Her abecedarius The Bride of E will be issued by Graywolf Press at the end of September.  She lives in St. Louis, Mo., where she is director of the creative writing program at Washington University.…
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Poetry Friday: A reflection and a celebration.

By Women's Voices For Change
When “Twin Cities” by our own Carol Muske-Dukes appeared in the July 6 issue of The New Yorker, no one was surprised.  Carol’s stature as a poet has long been established and her appointment last December as poet laureate of California only served to make concrete what she has always demonstrated:  her leadership, her activism as a poet-citizen (at the…
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Poetry Friday: David Tucker, “Women of My Childhood”

By Women's Voices For Change
David Tucker is the deputy managing editor at the Newark Star-Ledger, in Newark, N.J, where he was part of the Ledger team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Previously, he worked as managing editor at United Press International, and served as sports editor and later city editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer.  He brings a journalist’s sensibility for…
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Fourth of July Poetry Friday: The Truth is Marching on

By Women's Voices For Change
We last mentioned Julia Ward Howe in connection with Mother’s Day, and her work in campaigning for a “day of peace” to heal from the Civil War.  But many, if not most, people remember her as the poet who put words to the song “John Brown’s body is a-moulderin in the grave,” and turned it into an anthem for Union…
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Poetry Friday: A Prose Poem Question from Alkalay-Gut

By Women's Voices For Change
The Belt What if the poem leapt from its page and surrounded you – like a rope or a belt tightening around your waist – a pet snake charming the world to stay close and keep its distance, whirling you about to learn your meaning, your wholeness, your perfect self Born in London on the last night of the Blitz,…
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Poetry Friday: Summer Storm, by Susan Kinsolving

By Women's Voices For Change
This is the first of a series of seasonal poems by Susan Kinsolving, one of our most stalwart Voices in Verse, whose books include The White Eyelash, Dailies & Rushes (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and Among Flowers. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including The New York Times Book Review, Poetry, Yale Review,…
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Poetry Friday: Karen Alkalay-Gut

By Women's Voices For Change
Born in London on the last night of the Blitz, Karen Alkalay-Gut has been living and writing out in the open ever since. She was reared in Rochester, NY where she received her PhD. from the University of Rochester. She has lived and worked in Israel since 1972 where she has a family and a career as a writer both…
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Poetry Friday: Spring at 41

By Women's Voices For Change
Christine Gelineau, teacher, rider, horse breeder, poet of nature and courageous surveyor of the interior landscape of womanhood, gave us the poem with which we greeted April. Now as we say good bye to that month, we look again to Christine for a poem written in celebration of spring’s power to revitalize us all. Spring at 41 I walked the…
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