As recommended by MamaSharper:
On Turning Ten
The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I’m coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light–
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of...
Gentle readers, none of us is getting any younger. It’s not exactly a sad truth—I don’t think my youth had all that much to recommend it besides higher energy levels and someone else paying the bills for the first 21 years—but it’s happening, and these days, as I enter my...
Marge Piercy (born 1936) is an American novelist, poet, and social activist.
To Be Of Use
The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
This poem, first published by feminist author Joan Larkin in 1975, seemed especially relevant this week. Read more about it on Ms. blog.
Is “vagina” suitable for use
in a sonnet? I don’t suppose so.
A famous poet told me, “Vagina’s ugly.”
Meaning, of course, the sound...
Replace with VAGINA.
And the first rule of Fight Club, as you all know, is we don’t talk about Fight Club. Michigan state rep Lisa Brown (D-obvs) discovered this the hard way when she referred to vaginas by name while discussing an abortion bill in the state’s House of Representatives.
Natasha Trethewey was named Poet Laureate of the United States this week.
–New Orleans, November 1910
Four weeks have passed since I left, and still
I must write to you of no work. I’ve worn down
the soles and walked through the tightness
of my new shoes calling upon the merchants,
This week Republicans in the US Senate voted—not the first time—to kill a proposed law that would have enabled women to more easily sue the employers who pay them less than men. The bill would have extended the protections of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Obama signed...
So hi, y’all! Just checking in because I got the best email today from my Aunt Mary, who lives in Memphis, saying “Hi sweetheart. Whats with the harpies? I know you would never expect that I would read your blog regularly, but I do and have enjoyed the lively commentary.” Basically,...
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) published fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems during her lifetime. She lived a solitary life in her family home in Amherst, Massachusetts, where a cache of her poems were discovered by her sister after her death. She is now considered one of America’s most significant...
I was lucky enough to see Andrea Gibson perform at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York this week. Gibson is an award-winning poet and activist whose poetry focuses on gender norms, politics, and the struggles queer people face in today’s society. She also works with a group called Vox Feminista...
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) was an American painter, poet, and memoirist. She was also married to the German artist Max Ernst.
He told us, with the years, you will come
to love the world.
And we sat there with our souls in our laps,
and comforted them.
A love poem by James Wright, in honor of the engagement of our harpy sister Anna and her beloved, Hanna:
Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows