A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women's Poetry

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Margarita Donnelly, Beverly McFarland, Micki Reaman
CALYX Books, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 217 pages
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Poetry. Twenty-five years' prize-winning poetry selected from CALYX JOURNAL, this outstanding collection presents a diversity of poets who illuminate a poetic tradition in women's literature that was submerged during much of the 20th-century. Here women's voices pierce that obscurity with a fierce and dazzling brightness that is expansive, fertile, joyous, and powerful. Included among the more than 50 poets are: Julia Alvarez, Anna Akhamatova, Olga Broumas, Chitra Divakaruni, Marilyn Hacker, Barbara Kingsolver, Sharon Olds, Molly Peacock, Eleanor Wilner, Wislawa Szymorska, and Elizabeth Woody. "From here will come our literary heritage"-John Berry, Editor-in chief, Library Journal. "When the lacquer bucket breaks, / water is everywhere./ But water already is everywhere, / & sa< this much I understand/ or hope"-Jane Hirshfield, from "The Stream of It."
 

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Contents

Frances Payne Adler
2
Deborah Bacharach
15
Ellen Bass
24
Marilyn Chin
37
Alice Derry
50
Jane Glazer
64
Janice Gould
71
Hazel Hall
79
Virginia McGuire
119
Pat Mora
126
Cherrķe Moraga
130
Sweet Time
136
Andrea Potos
143
Jennifer Richter
150
Mira Chieko Shimabukuro
156
Susan Spady
165

Jean Hegland
85
Jane Hirshfield
91
Sistah Flo
97
Sandra Kohler
104
Judith McCombs
112
Alfonsina Storni
167
Emily Warn
180
Eleanor Wilner
193
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