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This was an interesting read. The poems felt dated though highly consistent with the 1976 publication date. They are a mix of political and personal, bordering on confessional. Many of them have an imagistic quality rather than a narrative shape. Of the somewhat narrative types, my favorite was "This is the Story of the Day in the Life of a Woman Trying." The whole poem resonated with my experience, and I took that line and used it as writing prompt to good effect. The imagistic poems that ...more
Very feminist; some poems seemed to be of a certain time--the late 1970s. Very taken with the poetic style: simple words, mixed up lines, non-linear, repeated verses or phrases, which often lead to very powerful poetic experiences. Her interest in love, sex, passion, tenderness, kindness in the face of all the negatives that life holds, is hopeful. I like poem 19 of "Nineteen pieces for love" because it integrates nature into her broader vision: "the sparrows scratching in the/underbrush/a ...more
Susan Griffin is an award winning poet, writer, essayist and playwright who has written nineteen books, including A Chorus of Stones, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Named by Utne reader as one of the top hundred visionaries of the new millenium, she is the recipient of an Emmy for her play Voices, an NEA grant and a MacArthur Grant for Peace and ...more