There will always be singing; an appreciation of Doris Lessing

Fable When I look back I seem to remember singing. Yet it was always silent in that long warm room. Impenetrable, those walls , we thought, Dark with ancient shields. The light Shone on the head of a girl or young limbs Spread carelessly. And the low voices Rose in the silence and were lost [...]

‘Woman and Scarecrow’ by Marina Carr

Excerpt from Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr Enter the thing in the wardrobe, regal, terrifying, one black wing, cobalt beak, clawed feet, taloned fingers. It is scarecrow, transformed. Stands looking at woman, shakes itself down, woman stares at it. Scarecrow takes woman’s hand, pierces vein in her wrist, a fountain of blood shoots out. Scarecrow [...]

“Introspections, the Poetry and Private World of Dorothea Herbert” by Frances Finnegan

The Rights Of Woman, Or Fashions for the Year 93 - being the Era of Women's literally wearing the Breeches.  - Health and Fraternity ! Whilst man is so busy asserting his Rights Shall Woman lie still without gaining new lights Our sex have been surely restrain'd enough By stiff prudish Dress and such old fahion'd [...]

A poet-companion; Tess Gallagher translates Liliana Ursu.

There are two posts on this blog which link to short poems by Lilian Ursu.  The poems are from the Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation of The Sky Behind the Forest, by Liliana Ursu. The volume had two translators, Adam J Sorkin and Tess Gallagher. Interestingly, the volume does not initial the translators work beneath the text , so  it [...]

‘Simply’ and ‘Not All The Time’ by Maria Laina

SIMPLY A mauve bird with yellow teeth red feathers green feet and a rose belly is not a mauve bird.   by Maria Laina. Published in Pacific Quarterly Moana (Hamilton, New Zealand). Vol. 5, No. 3, 1980, and in Ten Women Poets of Greece. Wire Press – San Francisco, 1982   NOT ALL THE TIME I [...]