Monthly Archives: May 2011

For Strong Women, by Marge Piercy

A strong woman is a woman who is straining A strong woman is a woman standing on tiptoe and lifting a barbell while trying to sing “Boris Godunov.” A strong woman is a woman at work cleaning out the cesspool … Continue reading

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Writing the body

I think what interests me about Hélène Cixous’ Laugh of the Medusa isn’t the heavily feminist viewpoint bashing the male oppressor, the “phallocentric” society, the “imbecilic capitalist machinery” that she is so passionate about breaking down – I’m interested in … Continue reading

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A big Tuesday mish-mash

Last night I had a dream that an old friend asked me to be in her sister’s wedding. I haven’t talked to this friend in a while and I was late in getting ready. About 3 or 4 hours late. … Continue reading

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For Lindsey! I love you!

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You still want to be a poet?

I’m learning as I go. When to push. When to pull back. When to run in scratching and clawing even though I’m terrified. This morning I opened up a sorely patched wound. I sat on the couch for a long … Continue reading

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Rats

Last night I dreamed I was in a bathroom, not my bathroom, but a dingy bathroom that I seemed familiar with. The tiles were a decay color, tan or brown or gray, I’m not really sure. Something moved under the … Continue reading

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Coming down

This morning for two hours I was throwing my heart against a white wall. Over and over. I picked up the pulsing red ball hurl and hurled and as my time wound down, I turned on the cold water, washed … Continue reading

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Marge Piercy except – from "Fooling with Words"

“Imagery can’t really be taught. You can lecture about the different kinds of imagery in different sorts of poems, but the truth is, imagery is the most important core of a poet. What you know and what you feel becomes … Continue reading

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A day with Lindsey in New York

Yesterday, I ditched work (well told THEM I was ditching work) and Linds and I hopped on a bus with a few sleepy-eyed commuters and hit NYC. It’s refreshing and exhausting and over stimulating and sometimes near impossible to open … Continue reading

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Breathe, settle, resurface and then dive back in

I thought I was done. Now my blood feels heavy and tired. Two hours this morning, cutting and slicing and doing intricate surgery on 6 lines and then that rush after it’s all over, the conviction of something great being … Continue reading

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