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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Two Sylvias Press (February 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615961835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615961835
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PDAdkins on January 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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Fire on Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry, (Two Sylvias Press, 2012, ISBN: 13: 978-1-937860-24-0, 491 kb, approximately 460 pp) is an eBook edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. The editors present the work of 73 poets, both well known and emerging artists. This first-of-its-kind collection, available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Sony Reader, and twenty-eight other eBook retailers such as eBooks.com, IndieBound.org, Powell's and many others, provides an exciting overview of some of the best American writing today.

Fire on Her Tongue should not be confused with earlier comprehensive anthologies such as Hayden Carruth's The Voice That is Great Within Us, or a college textbook published by Norton, lugged to every introductory American literature course known to woman. Agodon and Spaulding-Convy present the poetry of contemporary women exclusively: there is no Robert Frost, W.C. Williams, Carl Sandburg, or Robert Creeley here. The collection is vivid and immediate, and the writers are all still living. This eBook captures the incredibly varied talents of the women included.

Anthologies are normally associated with canonical writing. With the usual exceptions of Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Gwendolyn Brooks, general anthologies almost universally neglect the presence, much less importance, of women poets. The adage that one must be dead to be a famous author seems especially fitting for these types of collections, many of which stop at Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. It is as if American women suddenly ceased writing to eternally mourn the deaths of these twin icons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. on April 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this book -- it is at once impossible to put down (the poems are so engaging) and impossible not to (each poem is so affecting that I found myself taking time to absorb and ponder each one). It's a treat to read the work of well established as well as emerging poets, and it's also a wonderful celebration of women's writing. This is a book I will pick up time and time again in the years to come.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2012
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This project began as an idea shared between the two editors, Kelli Russell Agodon & Annette Spaulding-Convy, who after the purchase of a Nook and an I-Pad realised that poetry was being left behind in the eBook revolution. While technology was striving forward carrying with it, the novelists, memoirists and nonfiction writers, they felt that the poets were being left behind, and this left them with a question - could they do something about it?

So, in 2011 they set about contacting their favourite female poets and asked them if they would feature in an eBook anthology. This left them with a new question, could they successfully tackle the formatting issues that would be raised by attempting to present poetry in this way, could they as editors of a print journal, publish the first eBook of contemporary women's poetry?

The result is Fire On Her Tongue, proudly featuring over 70 poets, each represented by several of their works and each having a small bio with a link to their own site. The poets age ranges from thirteen to ninety one and cover most of the USA, some are urban, some rural, some are academics or professionals, some are stay at home Mums, but all are poets.

Negative Four Hundred.

The rain carves patterns

into my window.

It will be different this time,

I promise,

The words crisscross over

stones.

I remember she told me,

Curved hips,

they are like waves.

She could hear my heartbeats,

every breath.

Every day we mapped it,

found a beginning but no end.

I whisper the name

of my being:

human.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Turnbough on March 12, 2013
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It's hard to find womens poetry in kindle form. This is a good book. I hate minimum word requirements, they suck.
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