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

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Twenty-five years of 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 Akhmatova, Olga Broumas, Chitra Divakaruni, Marilyn Hacker, Barbara Kingsolver, Sharon Olds, Molly Peacock, Eleanor Wilner, Wislawa Szymborska, and Elizabeth Woody.

The Stream of It

They might say, a white bird in the snow,

And study it for years.

When the lacquer bucket breaks,

water is everywhere.

But water already is everywhere,

and salt; this much I understand

or hope.

The binding shadow, orange,

of an orange peel;

sky painted through the hip of a cow.

What the painters learn is a river,

eye to hand,

the color of earth and mind the same,

and its shadow.

Still it’s an unending struggle

to put it down,

even the best of them leaving

palettes like battlefields—

an unending struggle just to see what is,

when vision keeps breaking like water

across a stone, a constant rushing,

and light is a salmon,

always returning, blindly, to its source.

—Jane Hirshfield

"From here will come our literary heritage."—John Berry, Editor-in-chief, Library Journal

Margarita Donnelly is a founding editor of CALYX. She received the American Book Award for editing The Forbidden Stitch. She has co-edited four other anthologies for CALYX Books that include: Women and Aging, Florilegia, A Line of Cutting Women, and Bearing Witness/ Sobreviviendo. Beverly McFarland is Senior Editor of CALYX. Micki Reaman is Managing Editor of CALYX.

Synopsis:

This dazzling collection presents some of the most important women poets of the past 25 years.

Synopsis:

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,/ and salt; this much I understand/ or hope"-Jane Hirshfield, from "The Stream of It."

About the Author

Margarita Donnelly is a founding editor of CALYX. She received the American Book Award with Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Mayumi Tsutakawa for editing The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology. She also co-edited four other anthologies for CALYX Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780934971829
Editor:
Donnelly, Margarita
Editor:
McFarland, Beverly
Editor:
Reaman, Micki, Et
Editor:
McFarland, Beverly
Editor:
Reaman, Micki
Editor:
McFarland, Beverly, Et
Editor:
Donnelly, Margarita
Author:
Donnelly, Margarita
Author:
Reaman, Micki
Author:
McFarland, Beverly
Editor:
Reaman, Micki
Publisher:
Calyx Books
Location:
Corvallis, Or.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
vol.14, no.4(G)
Publication Date:
November 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This dazzling collection presents some of the most important women poets of the past 25 years.
"Synopsis" by , 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,/ and salt; this much I understand/ or hope"-Jane Hirshfield, from "The Stream of It."
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