From Publishers Weekly
Poet and River City editor Bryan presents illuminating essays by 21 women poets on their relation to literary history.
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From Library Journal
"Sometimes I can't help envy women, because they have no imagination," moaned Keats after a hard day's writing. That women are in any way deficient in this regard will come as a surprise to readers who have known and loved the women poets represented here, among them Amy Clampitt, Maxine Kumin, and Eavan Boland. Like all women who write, these poets find themselves working within a tradition that is not only defined by the masculine viewpoint but often openly contemptuous of their own. How do we do it? wondered poet Bryan. To find out, she actively solicited these essays, which range from Boland's startling analysis of the female as muse (and not much more) in Irish poetry to Alicia Ostriker's account of her protracted battle to acknowledge William Blake's dismissal of women. Though one would have welcomed the inclusion of younger poets who came of age after feminism hit its stride, these wide-ranging accounts are invariably thoughtful and refreshingly varied. Important for academic collections and a definite plus in public libraries where poetry is read seriously.- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
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