Cross-posted from the feminist librarian.
Prominent anti-marriage-equality theorist David Blankenhorn (a key expert for the supporters of Prop 8 in California, author The Future of Marriage) has recently gone public with his decision to support same-sex marriage as a way to strengthen the institution...
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...
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...
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...
I started out the week with a two-day migraine, so I don’t have the post I was planning to put up today even remotely sketched out. In its place, have Jay Smooth talking about the take-away lessons from President Obama’s recent statement in support of marriage equality.
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
Walt Whitman (1819–1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
Octavio Paz (1914-1998) was a Mexican poet, essayist and cultural critic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.
No More Clichés
That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun
So do you
Open your face to me as I turn the page.
Any man would be under your...
There. I said it.
In the latest faux outrage that has recently swept the nation, a simple and true statement was used by the Conservatives to further stoke the Mommy Wars and throw yet another woman under the bus. For the many times that Repubs piss and moan about liberal selective hearing, I find...