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Happy International Women’s Day!
One of my goals this year is to read more poetry. I wasn’t a fan throughout my years studying English, although I was able to bash out plenty of my own sonnets and haikus on request. But I knew that saying ‘I don’t really like poetry’ meant that I was closing myself off to so much.
Over the last couple of years I’ve become rather fond of feminist non-fiction and stories written by women about the female experience. I figured this would be a good area to explore for my first foray back into poetry. Fortunately Abrams + Chronicle have released the perfect collection for International Women’s Day – and I’ve got a copy to give away!
There Are Girls Like Lions opens with an interesting and thought-provoking foreword by poet Cole Swensen exploring what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. She discusses the importance of ‘the diversity of women’s situations and the uniqueness of each woman’s experiences’ and ‘the fundamental impossibility of categorizing women’s lives according to social roles or any other system’, reinforcing the need for a collection of different women’s voices.
Swensen observes that third-wave feminism and intersectionality has provided a platform, noting that ‘women’s voices are bringing attention to the frequent layering of oppressions and marginalizations based on race, class, religion, and complex gender identities’.
Times have indeed changed: ‘Perhaps one of the biggest advances women have made in the field of poetry is that women’s writing is increasingly no longer marked as such – it’s writing, pure and simple, and we’re just writers; our sex and our gender may inform our work, but it neither defines it nor determines the way that it’s presented to the world’.
There Are Girls Like Lions is so much more than just a collection of poems written by women. Largely a collection of contemporary poetry, most of which I was previously unfamiliar with (the likes of Sappho, Margaret Atwood and Emily Dickinson pop up), it also features beautiful illustrations by Karolin Schnoor. These 30 poems and accompanying images are empowering and stunning:
‘How do you tame girls with wildfire limbs?
How do you hold down girls with hurricane hands?
Oh, you can’t. Humble hungerer,
you’ve just got to help them rise.’
[Here Are Girls Like Lions]
This small but mighty book is a wonderful gift for the literary feminist in your life.
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