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Claiming the spirit within : a sourcebook of women's poetry

Author: Marilyn Sewell
Publisher: Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, ©1996.
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More than three hundred poems by female authors celebrate the sacredness of women's life, from the experiences that shape women and their relationships to their legacy,
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Genre/Form: Poetry
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Claiming the spirit within.
Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605004331
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Sewell
ISBN: 0807068349 9780807068342 0807068357 9780807068359
OCLC Number: 34473710
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xvi, 345 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: From this we come. Generations: Poem in September, on my mother's birthday / Judith Sornberger ; When I feel most like her / Judith Sornberger ; I go back to May 1937 / Sharon Olds ; Where I'm from / George Ella Lyon ; On the Hovander homestead / Joanne McCarthy ; The Grandmother songs / Linda Hogan ; To Jacqueline, age 2, in her great-grandmother's house / Kathleen Norris ; Forgiveness / Susan Terris ; Giving back the world / Alicia Gaspar de Alba ; Fury / Lucille Clifton ; Daughters / Lucille Clifton ; I am asking you to come back home / Jo Carson ; I stop writing the poem / Tess Gallagher ; With stars / Tess Gallagher ; The sleeping / Lynn Emanuel ; Thrall / Carolyn Kizer ; Totems : three generations / Marilyn Zuckerman ; The woman who loved worms / Colette Inez ; Pokeberries / Ruth Stone ; Final disposition / Jane Glazer ; Newborn / Mary Wenner --
Defiance: Hair / Enid Shomer ; Sending the mare to auction / Jana Harris ; Exposure / Paulann Petersen ; Refusing silence / Tess Gallagher ; Trouble with math in a one-room country school / Jane Kenyon ; I knew I'd sing / Heather McHugh ; Knowing my name / Judith Sornberger ; Amelia Earhart rag doll / Judith Sornberger ; Pagan / Alice Walker ; The circus of levitation / Faye Scott Rieger ; Becoming a nun / Erica Jong ; The drum majorette marries at Calvary Baptist / Jane Gentry ; The necessity / Alice B. Fogel ; Taking in wash / Rita Dove ; Untitled / Ellen Bass ; How she was saved / Eileen Daly Moeller ; Jeanne d'Arc / Eileen Daly Moeller ; The right thing / Pesha Gertler ; Desperate measures / Rachel Loden ; The terms of endurance / Linda Bierds ; Crossing / Demetria Martinez ; Hawks / Lynn Ungar --
Identity: Primer (excerpt) / Chana Bloch ; Portrait d'une femme / Carole Stone ; A woman alone / Denise Levertov ; Variation on a theme by Rilke (The Book of hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1) / Denise Levertov ; Defining it for Vanessa / Colleen McElroy ; Arms (excerpt) / Alice Derry ; Teresa of Avila / Madeline DeFrees ; The Rockettes / Deborah Digges ; Skylights / Tess Gallagher ; Naming the animals / Linda Hogan ; Consorting with angels / Anne Sexton ; Invisibility poem : lesbian / Ilze Mueller ; We all have many chances / Barbara Jordan ; Power failure / Elizabeth Seydel Morgan ; I was born / Anita Endrezze ; Turning / Lucille Clifton ; The daughter who sings / Anne Pitkin ; With apologies to Nancy Drew / Margaret Randall ; The stammer / Jean Nordhaus ; Daystar / Rita Dove ; All these dreams / Jane Cooper. By this we live. The earth and her creatures: My mother / Susan Griffin ; For a wedding on Mount Tamalpais / Jane Hirshfield ; Happiness / Jane Hirshfield ; The love of aged horses / Jane Hirshfield ; The earth is a living thing / Lucille Clifton ; Among the cows / Enid Shomer ; The lull / Molly Peacock ; Jug Brook / Ellen Bryant Voigt ; Bats / Lynn Ungar ; Demeter / Genevieve Taggard ; The summer day / Mary Oliver ; Wild geese / Mary Oliver ; The fallen / Linda Hogan ; Other, sister, twin / Linda Hogan ; Muskogee / Wendy Rose ; Prayer / Lisa Colt ; Poem / Barbara Jordan ; Credo / Maxine Kumin ; The filbert orchard / Dianne Williams Stepp ; Burdock / Jenifer Berman --
The body: Making tortillas / Alicia Gaspar de Alba ; Strung / George Ella Lyon ; Surviving / Gail Tremblay ; The laundromat / Dorianne Laux ; The dieter's daughter / Anita Endrezze ; Love the human / Lucille Clifton ; Song at midnight / Lucille Clifton ; Smell / Molly Peacock ; Tits / Carol Gordon ; This part of your body / Lin Max ; Night sweat / Judy Goldman ; The lesson / Marlene Pearson ; Skin / Lucia Maria Perillo ; Christmas Eve : my mother dressing / Toi Derricotte ; To those of my sisters who kept their naturals / Gwendolyn Brooks ; Women's aerobics class / Judith Sornberger ; Eve falling / Jane McVeigh --
Simple blessings: Little things / Sharon Olds ; Challah / Chaia Heller ; Stranded in Mobridge by a spring blizzard / Kathleen Norris ; Must we train ourselves to be as doves / Emily Hiestand ; Groundhog Day / Lynn Ungar ; Winter light / Maria Mazziotti Gillan ; Friday afternoon : the rabbi's wife / Enid Shomer ; Ella, in a square apron, along Highway 80 / Judy Grahn ; Washing sheets in July / Jane Gentry ; Happiness / Jane Kenyon ; Yard sale / Jane Kenyon ; In the kitchen we string beans / Barbara Presnell;- Each thing measured by the same sun / Linda Gregg ; Except for Laura Secord (or famous women from Canada's past) / Sylvia Maultash Warsh ; A hardware store as proof of the existence of God / Nancy Willard ; Salvadoran salsa / Kascha Piotrzkowski ; To make history / Wendy Rose --
Love, family, friendship: Every fact is a field / Elizabeth Seydel Morgan ; For Jan, in Bar Maria / Carolyn Kizer ; Yellow roses / Lyn Lifshin ; Sunday night, driving home / Judy Goldman ; Easter Sunday, 1955 / Elizabeth Spires ; Recalling The family group, a sculpture by Henry Moore / Dianne Williams Stepp ; A letter from Margaret to his sister / Debra Hines ; Variation on the door / Margaret Randall ; At the Cafe Saint Jacques / Regina deCormier ; Negative space / Helen Trubek Glenn ; Motion / Joy Harjo ; The lost bells of heaven / Linda Gregg ; Attraction / Enid Shomer ; Daylily / Elizabeth Seydel Morgan ; China / Dorianne Laux ; The dancers / Kathleen Norris ; Variation on the word 'sleep' / Margaret Atwood ; Ecstasy / Sharon Olds ; Cathay / Patricia Goedicke ; Personal ad / Suzanne Redding ; Seduction / Nikki Giovanni ; Harlem / Maureen Seaton ; Secure / May Swenson ; Familiar / Donna Masini ; For my husband sleeping alone / Donna Masini ; Dulzura / Sandra Cisneros ; Wish / Judith Sornberger ; Poem in praise of my husband / Diane di Prima ; The garden / Louise Gluck ; Wanting all / Alicia Ostriker ; Shazam / Colleen McElroy ; You lay between us from April until July / Sharon Doubiago ; The Summit of Wives / Joey Kay Wauters ; Divorce / Marlene Pearson ; Divorce / Anne Sexton ; Bitch / Carolyn Kizer ; Answered prayers / Kathleen Norris. From fullness we give. Conception and birthing: To my still-unconceived daughter / Andrea Potos ; The name of my daughter / Kate Gleason ; Infertility / Cathy Griffith ; Could it have been the fine thread? / River Malcolm ; The premonition / Sharon Olds ; Middle child / Carol Jane Bangs ; Miscarriage / Laura Apol ; Bone poem / Nancy Willard ; Creation / Ellen Bass ; The run of silvers / Peggy Shumaker ; Elena at five years / Demetria Martinez ; Annunciation / Gayle Elen Harvey ; Hymn / Enid Shomer ; Toward the music / Susan Kelly-DeWitt ; Stone fruit / Lin Max ; And I am a lucky woman / Ellen Bass ; Margaret Fuller in the Abruzzi Mountains, June 1848 / Eva Heisler ; Incarnation / Lynn Ungar ; For Alva Benson, and for those who have learned to speak / Joy Harjo --
Mothering: Pastoral / Rita Dove ; Collage : mother, daughter, child, and book / Nancy Means Wright ; In the ocean / Patricia Goedicke ; There are times in life when one does the right thing / Ellen Bass ; For my husband's mother / Ellen Bass ; Letter to the children / Alice Friman ; The meaning of bones / Megan Sexton ; When Persephone leaves / Sheila Demetre ; The Boston School of Cooking cookbook / Rhona McAdam ; The power in my mother's arms / Florence Weinberger ; Elinor Frost's marble-topped kneading table / Pattiann Rogers ; Surviving (excerpt) / Alicia Ostriker ; Signing my name / Alison Townsend ; The silver shoes / Alison Townsend ; Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park / Nellie Wong ; Eve of the longest day / Sharon Doubiago ; Seeing the aurora with Emily / Anne Pitkin --
Illness: February letter / Judith Sornberger ; Locked ward, Newtown, Connecticut / Rachel Loden ; Still / Lynn Goldfarb ; Mammogram / Paula Goldman ; Two / Susan Spady ; The line / Sharon Olds ; Scar / Jeanette Leardi ; The man of many L's / Maxine Kumin ; Winter-seeming summer / Donna Masini ; The woman who could not live with her faulty heart / Margaret Atwood ; Praying to Big Jack / Anne Sexton ; When I understood / Donna Masini ; Naked ladies / Carol Tufts ; For Jan as the end draws near / Carolyn Kizer ; Go gentle / Linda Pastan ; Mid-American tragedy / Denise Levertov ; Close to death / Sharon Olds ; Red poppy / Tess Gallagher --
Death: Food chain / Lynn Ungar ; The great blue heron / Carolyn Kizer ; Between losses / Judy Goldman ; Burying the past / Kathleen Norris ; The legacy / Judith Minty ; Living with the dead / Enid Shomer ; Listening / Margaret Randall ; Salt / Anne Pitkin ; Retrospect in the kitchen / Maxine Kumin ; My cousin dancing / Carol Tufts ; Summation / Susan Daily ; Paradise / Tess Gallagher ; Infinite room / Tess Gallagher ; Another elegy / Margaret Atwood ; Health / Margo Lockwood ; Girlfriend / Audre Lorde ; In memory : after a friend's sudden death / Denise Levertov --
Aging: Aging female poet on laundry day / Margaret Atwood ; Aging female poet sits on the balcony / Margaret Atwood ; Cross currents / Noelle Sickels ; Dogwoods at forty-one / Willa Schneberg ; The power of place / Deena Linett ; Poem for the old woman I am becoming / Dianne Williams Stepp ; The crows / Louis Bogan ; Untitled / Kathian Poulton ; The gloves / Margaret Randall ; Grace enters Armageddon / Nancy Means Wright ; All my friends' pets are growing old / Elizabeth Seydel Morgan ; The lovers at eighty / Marilyn Taylor ; Bird lady / Betsy Sholl ; At the Roosevelt Baths / Jane Hirshfield ; Gather / Linda Hogan ; When she laughs / Judith Sornberger ; Hunchback / Alicia Gaspar de Alba ; The bird woman / Kathryn A. Young. We bless those that follow. Compassion: Learning CPR / Enid Shomer ; Back from the city / Jane Kenyon ; Choice / George Ella Lyon ; Sickness / Linda Hogan ; Solitary / Sharon Olds ; Selective Service / Carolyn Forche ; The argument, 1973 / Betsy Sholl ; Blood / Naomi Shihab Nye ; The use of fiction / Naomi Shihab Nye ; Painting of a white gate and sky / Louise Erdrich ; Vespers / Louise Gluck ; Bread and water / Shirley Kaufman ; Can't tell / Nellie Wong ; Women bathing at Bergen-Belsen / Enid Shomer ; Memorial Day / George Ella Lyon ; Bob / Judy Goldman ; Easter : the lame bull / Alicia Gaspar de Alba ; News report, September 1991 / Denise Levertov ; January 1991 / Lucille Clifton ; The woman hanging from the thirteenth floor window / Joy Harjo ; The Adamsons' peacocks / Elizabeth Seydel Morgan ; Near Roscoe and Coldwater (excerpt) / Amy Uyematsu ; The weighing / Jane Hirshfield ; Touched / Olga Broumas --
Work: The piemaker / Lin Max ; Portraits in contradiction / Virginia Gilbert ; Restaurant / Maxine Hong Kingston ; The magician / Sandra Hoben ; Living in the barn / Robin Becker ; Night shift at the fruit cannery / Ilze Mueller ; The women always wave the flags / Donna Allegra ; Why I make the best barrels / Eliza Garza ; A woman in a car driving / Lyn Lifshin ; The lesson / Linda Katz ; Gertrude Kasebier / Ellen Bass ; Call the interval happiness / Jane Glazer ; God and the artists' colony / Rebecca Baggett ; Risk / Lisa Colt ; My poems / Nita Penfold ; Work / Eva Hooker ; Ars Poetica Feminae (excerpt) / Sandra Kohler ; Woman of light / Laura Apol ; Mother notes for Elaine / Peggy Garrison ; Poet's manual / Alice Friman ; For those whom the gods love less / Denise Levertov ; Poem white page white page poem / Muriel Rukeyser ; Who / Jane Kenyon --
Out of the void : faith and courage: Partings / Linda Hogan ; Making a fist / Naomi Shihab Nye ; The hermit / Jane Kenyon ; Snowdrops / Louise Gluck ; An act of faith / Barbara Jordan ; Meatballs / Shirley Kaufman ; The whale / Jane Gentry ; The well / Denise Levertov ; The sky could send you / Donna Masini ; In memory / Katha Pollitt ; Growing light / George Ella Lyon ; The healing time / Pesha Gertler ; Courage / Anne Sexton ; The door / Jane Hirshfield ; Nothing / Linda Hogan.
Other Titles: Sourcebook of women's poetry
Women's poetry
Responsibility: edited by Marilyn Sewell.
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