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“The idea for the book came to me when I realized that before Anne Bradstreet, the only women writing poetry were outside of their prescribed societal role as wives and mothers,” explains Evans. “Typically they were nuns or women of easy virtue, because everyone else was too busy having babies and raising chickens. I thought it would be interesting to explore some of those ...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Kelsay Books
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Marybeth
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anna Evans’ latest offering, Sisters & Courtesans, is a treat – not the sort that celebrates upper-crust ladies reclining on their fainting couches nibbling bonbons, but the sort we need and have always wanted to savor: women in the trenches, doing the hard, dirty work that women have always done and for which they have never been appreciated. Whether she’s a prostitute in “My Life as a Victorian Streetwalker,” worried about the next Jack attack, or a young innocent in “My Life as a Vestal V ...more
Pat Hardigree
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read, and very entertaining. I love the sonnet form that carries the stories; and the ladies' stories ring true. From ancient to modern times, each woman steps out of the page to recite her tale of woe or triumph, moral courage, sacrifice, intrigue and artifice. A woman dresses as a man to be free; a Russian Nun dies with her "grand Duchess;" courtesans who make good, and those that do not. A woman exiled to Australia has a child by the ship's doctor and knows he'll be "bright as ...more
Rose Kelleher
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action," Audre Lorde wrote:

"Where the words of women are crying to be heard, we must each of us recognize our responsibility to seek those words out, to read them and share them and examine them in their pertinence to our lives."

But what about those who never got a chance to say their piece? It's a risky business, speaking for someone else, telling someone else's story in your own words. If you live a comparatively easy life, you risk being acc
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Annie
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading these poems by Anna M. Evans I want to read more of her work. I loved the tones she used in each of her poems. Her poems all have historical contexts but the themes are still relevant. The speakers of each poem are all women but span across the globe from varying time periods. I liked how she used rhyme without her poems sounding too childlike as sometimes happens with poems with too much rhyme. Each poem has a great flow and reading this book was easy and enjoyable. This would be ...more
Amanda Mallory
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Received this book as a goodreads first reads giveaway. It wasnt really my kind of thing I prefer poems which draw on life experience but was well written and gave me a few laughs as I pictured the people described.
Eileen
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun sonnet sequence. Each sonnet takes the perspective of a sister or courtesan, such as "My Life as a Polish Nun," or "My Life as a Vestal Virgin," or "My Life as Hollywood Madam." It was interesting to consider each woman's experience through the sonnet form.
Mary
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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As always, Evans' ability to write a sonnet is amazing, but there were a number of poems which presented factual inaccuracies which really disappointed me.
Natasha
This was an interesting book, it was not at all what I expected. I will have to read it again in the future. I didn't know what to expect but I enjoyed it.
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Wonderful book - couldn't put it down - highly recommend it!
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Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College, and is the Editor of the Raintown Review. Recipient of Fellowships from the MacDowell Artists' Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and winner of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award, she currently teache ...more