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Choice Words: Writers on Abortion

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This landmark literary anthology of poems, stories, and literary essays about abortion, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, is a powerful collection of timely pieces on the struggle to defend reproductive rights. Twenty years in the making, this book spans continents and centuries; the manuscript includes Audre Lorde, Margaret Atwood, Lucille Clifton, Amy Tan, Gloria Steine ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Haymarket Books
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I can't "review" this prose and verse anthology, since it includes one of my poems (alongside work by eye-popping echelons including Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank O'Hara, Dorothy Parker, Anne Sexton, Amy Tan, and more!).

Still, I wanted to put down a few words about this anthology -- for example, to say I appreciated how diverse it is, its authors hailing from a relatively broad range of cultures and geographic locales. There are p
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and recommend anyone interested in learning more about abortion read it.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
A collection of stories,essays and poems that reinforce the need to keep abortion safe and legal. Too many woman have died and suffered just to have reproductive freedom!
Hannah Suh
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A 5- more for the selection of writings rather than the writing itself. A must read and a must talk-about.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very timely read. Extensive collection of short stories and poetry on abortion from writers (mostly women) from all over the world. Read it! We will need to protest a lot very soon here.
Julia McDaniel
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
An important book well worth owning. I hope that future editions of this book come into being, with more rich voices.
Melissa Snow Prince
This was a hard read. Most people would probably consider this book a "pro" abortion book but genuinely it is just a book on the reality of abortion. And that reality is that it is hard, emotional, and often necessary because of the man involved. My SO also read the book and was deeply touched by how strong these women are and the tough choices they face when dealing with the world and men.

On a reading note, the book is divided into sections of prose and poetry, etc. The longest parts are except
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was exhausting to read. It feels more like a 3.5 than a 4. I guess with the nature of anthologies, there were some pieces that were incredible and others that read very "eh" or were kind of cringey. The book was also completely cis-het woman centered. There were zero pieces that mentioned or centered trans folks, and queerness was mentioned a single time and not even as someones identity but rather as a woman pretending to be gay? I don't know, it was confusing. Of the pieces that I th ...more
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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a must-read. some very moving stories, i loved the mix of authors and styles of writing. if some of the stories aren't for you there are hundreds to read, so every reader will find one for them.

the topic of abortion is one that is still taboo, so this discussion is one that needs to be had. the book is very well structured as well!
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Annie Finch is a feminist poet, writer, teacher, speaker, and performer. Her seven collections of poetry include Eve, Calendars, The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, and the epic poem on abortion Among the Goddesses. She is author of many books about poetry and poetry-writing and editor of the first anthology of literature on abortion, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. Annie earned a Ph.D from ...more

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