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
LuAnn Keener
98
Sandra Kohler
104
Judith McCombs
113
Virginia McGuire
119
Pat Mora
126
Robin Morgan
130
Andrea Potos
143
Jennifer Richter
150
Mira Chieko Shimabukuro
156
Susan Spady
165
Alfonsina Storni
167
Emily Warn
180
Eleanor Wilner
193
Mitsuye Yamada
215

Molly Peacock
136

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