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(or What We Learn)

as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world…
—Virginia Woolf


Forty-one women are unarmed but dangerous. They can change your life with clarity, truth and power in equal measure. These poets, from the literary culture of San Francisco, make up an album of rich fabrics combining the ordinary and the magnificent. Intimate details and heightened temperaments give us more reason to care about poetry.”
—Grace Cavalieri, producer of The Poet and the Poem, Library of Congress

“I’m so grateful for the many treasures in this collection of poems by women writers, for the magic and beauty and energy and wisdom they bestow. The poems reflect such a range of styles and subjects, approached with such honesty and urgency. Each page brings a surprise, adds another voice to the chorus. It seems to me this community of women, these poets, are indeed keepers of the treasures of our so ordinary and yet precious individual human lives.”
—Cecilia Woloch, author of Carpathia, Late,
and Tsigan

Contributors: Manja Argue, Barbara Joan Tiger Bass, Judy Bebelaar, Laurel Benjamin, Ruby Bernstein, Marianne Betterly, Susan Cohen, Antoinette Constable , Lucille Lang Day, Nanette Deetz, Carol Dorf, Gail Rudd Entrekin, Rebecca Foust, Grace Marie Grafton, Mary Grover, Nellie Hill, Christina Hutchins, Judy Juanita, Tobey Kaplan, Lynne Knight, Bonnie Kwong, Ellaraine Lockie, Trena Machado, Eileen Malone, Dawn McGuire, Janell Moon, Judith S. Offer, Evelyn Posamentier, Zara Raab, Gloria Rodriguez, Mary Rudge, Eva Schlesinger, Nina Serrano, Eliza Shefler, Jan Steckel, Patti Trimble, Jeanne Wagner, Lenore Weiss, Judy Wells, Cherise Wyneken, and Andrena Zawinski.

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The Widow’s Handbook

The Widow's Handbook

The Widows’ Handbook is the first anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This stirring collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says in her foreword, losing one’s partner is a loss like no other.

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River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century

Selected by Diane Frank

A poem is a parallel universe that creates an experience line by line. The universe unfolds in a series of images which change the inner experience of the reader. If the poem goes deep enough, the writer and the reader will be changed in a significant way by the end of the poem. River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century mixes the poetry mahatmas of our generation with the grassroots. In these pages, you will find poets who have won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, along with lesser-known poets who also deserve to be read.

“Congratulations on this fantastic coming together of voices.”
-Jane Hirshfield, author of The Lives of the Heart, The Beauty, and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry

 “Anywhere I turn to read, masterly and compelling work.”
-Robert Scotellaro, author of Measuring the Distance and Rhapsody of Fallen Objects