Love Poems by Women

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Sandi Russell
Fawcett Columbine, 1991 - Poetry - 312 pages
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For over 2,000 years women have been writing love poetry. Here is the first anthology of love poems written only by women. Poets from all ages and all parts of the world, expressing love not only for their male and female lovers, but for parents, children, friends, for art, God, nature, and homeland, are collected here, and include the works of: Sappho, Emily Dickenson, Ono no Komachi, Shadab Vajdi, Alice Walker, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and many more.

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Review: Love Poems by Women: An Anthology of Poetry from Around the World and Through the Ages

User Review  - Amber - Goodreads

A wonderful collection of a diverse group of women, from many different times, cultures, religions, sexualities, ages and races. This collection may not have the premiere poems of some poets, but it ... Read full review

Review: Love Poems by Women: An Anthology of Poetry from Around the World and Through the Ages

User Review  - James - Goodreads

Some fabulous ones, some that didn't do much for me. A nice collection overall. Read full review

Contents

Carole C Gregory LOVE LETTER
3
Natalie Barney IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY WITH YOU
5
Leslea Newman POSSIBLY
6
Elizabeth Barrett Browning SONNET 22 From the Portuguese
7
Sonja Akesson From WHAT DOES YOUR COLOR RED LOOK LIKE?
9
Buin Tribe LAMENT FOR A HUSBAND
11
Anon Provencal PRETTY I AM BUT I AM WRETCHED
12
Anne Finch Countess of Winchilsea A LETTER TO DAFNIS APRIL 2nd 1685
14
Gwendolyn Brooks BLACK LOVE
121
Joyce Carol Gates HOW GENTLE
123
Daphne Marlatt LONG TIME COMING
124
Tess Gallagher ALL DAY THE LIGHT IS CLEAR
126
Sarah Kirsch WINTERMUSIK
127
Molly Peacock MENTAL FRANCE
128
Dorothy Parker THEORY
129
From TWENTYONE LOVE POEMS II
130

Maya Angelou AZORROMAN
15
La Comtesse de Dia I MUST SING OF THAT
17
Valentine Ackland TEACHING TO SHOOT
18
Nuala Ni Dhomnaill LABYSHEEDY
19
Anon Welsh STANZAS FOR THE HARP 1
20
Alfonsina Storni LITTLEBITTY MAN
21
Michele Roberts MAGNIFICAT for Sian after thirteen years
22
GROWING DOWN
23
Eavan Boland SONG
24
Selima Hill THE RAM
25
Marsha Prescod LOVE STORY? PART 2
26
Sappho I HEAR THAT ANDROMEDA
27
Alice Milligan THE HOUSE OF THE APPLETREES
28
Anon Welsh THE SHIRT OF A LAD
29
Melanie Silgardo THE LENGTH OF AN ARM
30
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz From A SATIRICAL ROMANCE
31
Rita Dove ADOLESCENCE 1
32
Ono no Komachi WHEN MY DESIRE
33
Adrienne Greer CONSTANTLY
34
Emily Bronte LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
35
2 In name alone a felicity
37
Emily Dickinson ALTER WHEN THE HILLS DO
39
Marion Angus THINK LANG
40
Gloria Fuertes I THINK TABLE AND I SAY CHAIR
41
SIGNS Everything makes love with silence
42
Rita Anyiam St John FOR ME FROM YOU
43
Maria Bmus THE WEDDING In the bridal suite there was a black cosmic cold
44
Forugh Farrokhzad COUPLE
45
AFFECTIONS MUST NOT This is an old fiction of reliability
46
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz From A SATIRICAL ROMANCE
47
LOLOTTE WHO ATTIRES MY HAIR
48
Katherine Gallagher FIRSTBORN
49
Kathleen Jamie JULIAN OF NORWICH
50
Judy Grahn From CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE DEVIL IN THE FORM OF LOVE
51
Diane Ward PASSION
52
Jelena Lengold PASSION
53
Memphis Minnie ME AND MY CHAUFFEUR BLUES
54
Elizabeth Bishop VARICK STREET
55
Lady Suo THAT SPRING NIGHT I SPENT
56
Denise Levertov OUR BODIES
57
Maxine Kumin AFTER LOVE
58
Amy Lowell THE TAXI
59
Elaine Equi HOPE CHEST
60
Alice DunbarNelson MUSIC
61
Silvia Dobson TO THE SPHINX I am cut down
62
Jean Binta Breeze LOVE AMIDST THE WAR
64
Grace Lake UNTITLED
65
Shadab Vajdi ILLITERATE
66
Joy Harjo NINE BELOW
67
Cynthia Fuller FIRE ROSES
68
Nina Solomon FOG AND THE FIREHOSE
69
Medbh McGuckian THE WEAVERGIRL
70
Marina Tsvetaeva From POEM OF THE END
71
Anna Akhmatova YOU THOUGHT I WAS THAT TYPE
73
Emily Bronte LIGHT UP THY HALLS TIS CLOSING DAY
74
Robin Morgan SURVIVAL
75
This then is love
77
Marianne Moore THE LION IN LOVE To Mademoiselle de Sevigne
79
Helene Johnson FUTILITY
80
Christian McEwen AND SUNDAY MORNING
81
Christine de Pisan A SWEET THING IS MARRIAGE
82
Christina Rossetti ECHO
83
Rosie Orr MOONPOEM
84
Sappho SLEEP DARLING
85
Edna St Vincent Millay THEME AND VARIATIONS 2
87
Meena Alexander YOUNG SNAIL
88
Sylva Gaboudikan COME BACK SAFELY
89
Alice Notley BEGINNING WITH A STAIN
90
Enheduanna INANNA AND THE DIVINE ESSENCES
91
EJ Scovell MARRIAGE AND DEATH
92
Jane Cooper CONVERSATION BY THE BODYS LIGHT
95
Emily Grosholz ON SPADINA AVENUE
96
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz From A SATIRICAL ROMANCE
97
Dorothy Parker COMMENT
98
Sarah Gorham MY CAR SLIDES OFF THE ROAD
99
Kiki Dimoula TALKING TO MYSELF
100
Rachel Blau DuPlessis From CROWBAR Me
102
Erica Hunt DEAR Dear
103
Diana Der Hovanessian RAIN
104
Elaine Feinstein HOME
105
Geraldine Monk
106
OUTTHEYOU OF YESTERDAY
107
Khosrovidought Koghtnatsi MORE ASTONISHING
109
Anne Griffiths EXPECTING THE LORD
110
Angelina Grimke EL BESO
111
Anne Stevenson THE VICTORY
112
Audre Lorde NOW THAT I AM FOREVER WITH CHILD
113
Sylvia Plath ZOO KEEPERS WIFE
114
May Sarton A LIGHT LEFT ON
115
UA Fanthorpe HOMING IN
116
Love they say never dies
117
Sonia Sanchez FOR OUR LADY
119
Lilian Mohin TRACES FINE BIRD PRINTS
131
Alice Notley MORNINGS
132
Helen Dunmore THE BRIDES NIGHTS IN A STRANGE VILLAGE
134
Maura Stanton VISIBILITY
135
MAIDENHOOD MAIDENHOOD
136
Bessie Smith DIRTY NO GOODER BLUES
137
Georgia Johnson THE HEART OF A WOMAN
138
Elizabeth Spires PROFIL PERDU
139
Janet Gray UNTITLED
140
Catherine Byron WEDDING AT AUGHRIM GALWAY 1900
142
Kate RuseGlason LOOP
143
Solveig von Schoultz THE RAIN
144
HD Hilda Doolittle WHITE WORLD
146
Patti Smith JUDITH 2
147
Olga Broumas SLEEPING BEAUTY
148
Ruth AsherPettipher A LOVE LIKE WAR
149
Marsha Prescod VICIOUS CIRCLE
150
Dorothy Parker ONE PERFECT ROSE
151
Grace Nichols I GO TO MEET HIM
152
lyamide Hazely BELOVED
153
Ruth Padel WATERCOURSE
154
Christina Rossetti MONNA INNOMINATA 4
155
Sylvia Townsend Warner UNDER THE SUDDEN BLUE
156
Liz Lochhead SUNDAYSONG
158
In love I woke alone
159
VR Lang A LOVELY SONG FORJACKSON
161
Edna St Vincent Millay THEME AND VARIATIONS 1
162
Jessie Redmon Fauset TOUCH
163
Elisaveta Bagriana DESCENDANT
164
Unknown Kisaeng THE TURKISH BAKERY
165
Anna Akhmatova I SEE I SEE THE CRESCENT MOON Ntozake Shange GET IT FEEL GOOD
166
Margaret Atwood EVENTUAL PROTEUS
168
Grace Nichols LOVEACT
170
Fanny Howe BUT I TOO WANT TO BE A POET
171
Stevie Smith AT SCHOOL
172
Ida Cox WILD WOMEN BLUES
174
Eibhlin Dhubh ni Chonaill From THE LAMENT FOR ARTHUR OLEARY
175
Madge Herron POEM FOR FRANCIS HARVEY
177
Elizabeth Barrett Browning A MANS REQUIREMENTS
178
SURELY
180
Sulpicia IT IS PLEASING
181
Sylvia Townsend Warner DRAWING YOU HEAVY WITH SLEEP
182
Gill Vickers SUN
183
Nina Cassian ACCIDENT
185
Michelene Wandor From COURTLY LOVE
187
Louise Labe YOU ARE ALONE MY EVIL AND MY GOOD
189
Marie de France LOVE IS A WOUND WITHIN THE BODY Chase Twichell PHYSICS
190
Alice Walker DID THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR MOTHER? DID YOUR SISTER THROW UP A LOT?
192
Eunice de Souza FROM YOU I HAVE UNDERSTOOD
193
Song of Solomon CHAPTER 3
194
Gertrude Stein From A SONATINA FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER
195
Gillian Allnutt MEETING YOU AT AN UNDERGROUND STATION
196
Lady Anne Lindsay AULD ROBIN GRAY
198
Alicia Suskin Ostriker EXTRATERRESTRIAL
200
Anna Wickham NERVOUS PROSTRATION
202
Your name on my tongue
205
Emily Dickinson AH TENERIFFE
207
Elizabeth I ON MONSIEURS DEPARTURE
208
Huang O TO THE TUNE RED EMBROIDERED SHOES
209
HwangChini I CUT IN TWO
210
Sulpicia LIGHT OF MY LIFE
211
Alexis de Veaux THE SISTERS
212
Princess ZebunNissa THOUGH I AM LAILA OF THE PERSIAN ROMANCE
214
Patrizia Vicinelli JADE OR THE MEDEA WITHIN US
215
Solveig Von Schoultz THE LOVER
216
Aphra Behn THE DISAPPOINTMENT
217
Katherine Philips AN ANSWER TO ANOTHER PERSUADING A LADY TO MARRIAGE
221
Susan Ludvigson PARIS AUBADE
222
Marina Tsvetaeva WHERE DOES THIS TENDERNESS COME FROM?
223
Ephelia TO ONE THAT ASKED ME WHY I LOVED JG
224
Carolyn Kizer WHAT THE BONES KNOW
225
Wu Tsao FOR THE COURTESAN CHING LIN
226
Shushanig Gourghenian DESIRE
227
HD Hilda Doolittle FRAGMENT THIRTYSIX
228
Helen Kidd MEANWHILE CESARIO DANCING
230
Sappho HE IS MORE THAN A HERO He is more than a hero
231
Lady Grisel Baillie WERENA MY HEARTS LIGHT
232
Gloria Fuertes WHEN I HEAR YOUR NAME
233
Jayne Cortez ROSE SOLITUDE For Duke Ellington
234
Janet Sutherland TO THE SPIDER IN THE CREVICE BEHIND THE TOILET DOOR Eunice de Souza ALIBI Sarah Kirsch THE INCANTATION
236
Dorothy Parker CHANT FOR DARK HOURS
237
Emily Dickinson I SEE THEE BETTER IN THE DARK
238
Gwendolyn Bennett TO A DARK GIRL
239
Lady Caroline Nairne WILL YE NO COME BACK AGAIN?
240
Caroline Norton SONNET VI
241
Katherine Philips TO MY EXCELLENT LUCASIA ON OUR FRIENDSHIP
242
Margaret Duchess of Newcastle LOVE AND POETRY
243
Biographical Notes
245
Acknowledgements
269
Index of Poets
281
Index of First Lines
285
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