Thoughts on Poems from the Women’s Movement

Poems from the Women's MovementPoems from the Women’s Movement, edited by Honor Moore
American Poets Project (Book 28)
Library of America

224 pages

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.” ~ Muriel Rukeyser

In this collection of poetry, one woman doesn’t tell the truth about her life. Many women do.

And if the poets represented in this collection aren’t speaking about personal experience, they’re writing about the collective experience of so many women throughout the generations.

These poems are raw but truthful. Uncomfortable but honest. They take no prisoners and have a no-holds-barred mentality. They deal with subjects that today are still, in some circles, taboo to discuss.

This is not an easy collection of poems to read, but for those interested in women’s history and women writers, it’s a worthy one.

From the blurb on the back of the book:

“The Women’s Movement of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s forever changed American culture, inspiring poetry that captured an age of expectancy, defiant purpose, and exuberant exploration. Here, in a landmark new collection assembled by poet and memoirist Honor Moore, is the unforgettable poetry that gave voice to a revolution, including poems by Sylvia Plath, Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton, May Swenson, Alice Walker, Audre Lord, Anne Waldman, Sharon Olds, and many others.”


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