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Bearing life : women's writings on childlessness

Author: Rochelle Ratner
Publisher: New York, NY : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Stories, poems, and personal essays by more than 40 contemporary writers speak directly to the conflicting, often painful, and sometimes liberating emotions of childless women.
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rochelle Ratner
ISBN: 155861236X 9781558612365
OCLC Number: 42021448
Description: vii, 248 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
pt. 1. Facing choice --
January 1953 / Evelyn C. Rosser --
Reminded of my biological clock, while looking at Georgia O'Keeffe's Pelvis one / Denise Duhamel --
Women without children; women without families; women alone / Irena Klepfisz --
This is a question I do not answer / Mary Mackey --
From Rita Will / Rita Mae Brown --
Old maids / Sandra Cisneros --
The daughter of fur / Marge Piercy --
The vow / Elissa Raffa--
Tie me up, tie me off / Jodi Sh. Doff --
Minor surgery / Hettie Jones --
From The joy luck club / Amy Tan --
Antisocial baby notes / Suzanne Ostro --
Pretty story / Amy Hempel --
Something I forgot to tell you / Deborah Boe --
Meditations on childlessness / Vicki Lindner --
The case against babies / Joy Williams --
The arm baby / Lynda Schor --
Outside the hive : a meditation on childlessness / Patricia Foster. pt. 2. Knowing loss --
I get my period, September 1964 / Diane Di Prima --
From Crossing the moon / Paulette Bates Alden --
Forty, trembling / Wendy Rose --
The wash house / Pamela Walker --
Outside Pisa / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni --
The deferred dream / Tory Dent --
The childless woman poems / Becky Birtha --
The mother / Joyce Carol Oates --
Cutting my heart out : notes toward a novel / Sandra Scofield --
The weremother / Kit Reed --
Stork talk / Rochelle Ratner --
Mother and two daughters / Janice Eidus --
Taking the train to Harmon / Daniela Gioseffi --
Norton #59900 / Judee Norton --
The child taken from the mother / Minnie Bruce Pratt --
In the garden / Grace Paley --
All the colors of sunset / Luci Tapahonso --
Nothing / Linda Hogan --
Mother of nothing / Naomi Shihab Nye. pt. 3. Bearing life --
Land of the living / Kathleen Norris --
Liferower / Rebecca McClanahan --
You remember Sophia / Valerie Miner --
From Obasan / Joy Kogawa --
A lifetime / Ana Castillo --
Hairball / Margaret Atwood --
Chick without children : the latest celebrity interview / Nikki Dillon --
Cherry-Shiree / Shylah Boyd --
Parent as a verb / Donna Brook --
The question of children / Jane Rule --
All my kids / Elizabeth Marraffino-Rees --
Imagining motherhood / Julia Alverez --
From Black woman artist becoming / Bell Hooks --
From Journal of a solitude / May Sarton --
Upbringing / Milly Peacock.
Responsibility: edited by Rochelle Ratner.

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Stories, poems, and personal essays by more than 40 contemporary writers speak directly to the conflicting, often painful, and sometimes liberating emotions of childless women.

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