Category Archives: Herstory

Welcome Summer

Hanging on my studio walls are three collages dear to my heart.  The triptych represents the three aspects of the Great Goddess, representing the three traditional phases of womanhood – maiden, mother, crone.  It’s a fine thing for an artist to … Continue reading

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Prompt Return

NaPoWriMo promises to return next April for this month dedicated to poets and their poetry and leaves us with the word return as our final prompt.  Taking a chant I first heard sung by Libana and repeated afterwards in countless women’s … Continue reading

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Peelings, Quadrille # 98

The prompt for this week’s quadrille suggested by Mish is “peeling,” a wonderful word with so many ways to go.  Apple pies came first to mind, but much as I love to make, bake, eat ’em,  apple pies are an … Continue reading

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Emily Redux

As a long-time fan of “the Belle of Amherst” and a poet myself I was completely delighted to find a new TV show about Emily Dickinson.  Emily is so often betrayed as a sad, loveless recluse, but in fact she … Continue reading

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A Kind of Soliloquy: the Gasconade

Frank Hubney at the d’Verse Poets Pub  asked us to write a soliloquy with the option of selecting a poem we’ve already written.  I usually go write new poems for every challenge, but as it happens I feel very strongly … Continue reading

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What Makes Me Call a Poem “Good”?

I came across a copy of this post in my notes today and think this one from February 2018 deserves a rerun… As a poet I am always pondering what makes a “good” poem.   Of course, subjectivity plays a big … Continue reading

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“…the poem which i do not write”

 (title from poem xvii by e.e. cummings) Rumi is a long time favorite of mine.  His love poems speak often of desire, as does the Judeo-Christian Song of Solomon.  Religious apologists say that the use of erotica in these and other … Continue reading

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POETICS: In the Service of Sophia

Poetic storytelling is humanity’s oldest, most effective teaching tool.  Imagine words as boxes, each one stuffed with multi–dimensional worlds of meaning.  The words act as a kind of shorthand to relay bits of condensed information – facts.  Poetry pries open … Continue reading

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Was Kavanaugh Drunk?

Watching the hearings with Brett Kavanagh yesterday it occurred to me the man might be inebriated.   He certainly consumed a lot of water, was belligerent and maudlin, and his face showed unusually red – especially the constantly twitching nose. I’m surprised … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures – A Different Approach to Promoting Mutuality

The other day, I re-blogged Sara Frykenberg’s  post about the impossibility of debating “mutuality,” which I define as the mutual respect required to approach each and any “other” as a peer.     The movie, Hidden Figures, starring Taraji Hensen, Octavia … Continue reading

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