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  For your consideration: the exquisite Sylvia Plath, aged 20, lounging on the beach, one decade before the publication of The Bell Jar and her tragic death. It’s the summer of 1954, about a year after her first suicide attempt. Hoping to begin again, Plath had dyed her hair and went through six months of intensive care. Referred to by academics as her “platinum summer,” this period in the life of the legendary poet is considered to be one ... Read More
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly As children, dolls can be physical manifestations of our most intimate fantasy worlds. We can develop entire histories and personalities for our dolls, and they can help us to navigate the adult world. As we grow, we similarly idolize and identify with authors and fictional characters. The women writers whose work survives to today remind us that we’re not alone, that another woman somewhere understood our feelings about being ... Read More
  Mary Oliver’s position as a female poet has long been questioned by critics. Some find her alliance with nature anti-feminist, claiming that her use of natural imagery echoes those of the male romantic poets. Sadly, romantic poetry is seen to assume the speaker-- presumed male--reaches an enlightened realm of immortality that the natural world-- coded female-- never can.    But other critics see more complexity in Oliver’s work, ... Read More
  Sylvia Plath is known mostly for her poetry and prose, but arguably the same degree of violent, exuberant feeling may be found in her sketch work, now published in a volume entitled Sylvia Plath: Drawings. Edited by the poet’s own daughter Frieda Hughes, the text cradles her pen-and-ink drawings with diary entries and letters.     Plath created the illustrations at Cambridge, and used studied art as a way of coping with and ... Read More
  Happy Hallow's Eve's Eve, BUSTies! As another year comes to a close we don our carefully crafted outfits and munch on yummy candy, new controversies erupt over what costumes are socially acceptable or too revealing. And a lot of times, these conversations revolve around what women are entitled to wear. So before you head out tomorrow, take a listen to this awesome slam poetry from Washington D.C’s Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013. Because ... Read More
Young people notice. And as they grow, they internalize. But they also reflect and speak out. Lily Myers raises her voice through poetry. The Wesleyan University student was awarded Best Love Poem last April at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) for her spoken word piece, “Shrinking Women.” It’s an on-point expression of the anxieties and pressures women and girls face regarding their self-image and how it’s different from ... Read More
Since 1993, artist Nina Katchadourian has been reworking books and their titles in her own ongoing visual and literary art project entitled Sorted Books.  Katchadourian combs through books, pulling particular titles and grouping books together to form short sequences of titles that can be read together.  She collects books from different places, ranging from private homes to public collections.  As Katchadourian states on her website, “Taken ... Read More
  Have you ever woken from a dream that was so tangible, the damn thing haunted you for months after? If not, read Kiki Petrosino’s Fort Red Border (Sarabande Books) instead. Her debut collection is, for the most part, comprised of poems about a fantasized affair with actor Robert Redford and all the psychic turmoil that comes with it. Even though the book’s title is an anagram for Redford’s name, these poems aren’t just imaginative ... Read More
Tara Hardy gives you her life’s thesis when she writes, “…my/blood does not make a pity trip.” Indeed, what grips about the poems in Bring Down The Chandeliers (Write Bloody Publishing) is not that she speaks so directly about incest, chronicling the sexual abuse from her father. (In fact, nowhere is the word “abuse” even used in these poems.) Hardy’s gift is her ability to take bravery where it’s never gone before. ... Read More
We've all heard the grizzly tales of the Craigslist killer. We know that the person on the other end of the ad could be entirely creepy. I try to always bring an intimidating friend along if I'm going to retrieve a free Craigslist item. But what if the person behind a Craigslist post was not only NOT a murderer, but also a sensitive poet?Enter the missed connections section of Craigslist. Here, people post small descriptions of their encounters with attractive ... Read More
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