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No More Masks: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets Paperback – August 4, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rev Sub edition (August 4, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060965177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060965174
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Although this pioneering anthology of 20th-century American poetry by women was first published in 1973 to some hostile response, it came to be appreciated as a rich repository of poems by and for women concerned with their changing identities. Twenty years later, Howe's greatly enlarged and wholly updated version reflects the expansion of women's poetic expression, and affirms their insistence on broadening their roles as workers, activists, lovers, mothers, daughters, writers, and more. Not only are there more poets (104, not 87) in the revised edition, but the selection of new and rediscovered poets attests to an enlarged poetic culture that now includes women of color, Native Americans, lesbians and the working class. Themes critical to the 1973 version remain, especially the issue of how women writers survive in a still-patriarchal society, but the updated version showcases more women as social activists, as well as poets who war against traditional feminine roles. Distinctly new themes--some formerly taboo--glitter in poems that address male violence against women and the triad of rape, incest and wife-battering. Splendidly edited and Juno-esque in stature, this new literary "daughter" will be an invaluable anthology for teachers, feminists, scholars and other readers. Howe is director of the Feminist Press.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-A revised and expanded version of a 1973 anthology of women's poetry. Howe divides the volume into three chronological sectors from 1875-1992. Hence, its pages span generations as well as cultural heritages. Amy Lowell is included as are Gertrude Stein and Angeline Weld Grimke. And the new edition raises a varied chorus of individual yet harmonious rhythms: Chinese, Slavic, Chicana, African-American, as well as Caucasian women write with the energy generated from a women's movement born of diversity, nonetheless united by the language and cadences of poetry. The organizing themes include two primary melodies: the women's will to change their perceptions of themselves as the century progresses and their common will to work on changing the wider world as well. This collection representing 104 poets in nearly 400 poems is tied together by a common search for justice through the elimination of violence. Brief biographical data is provided in a supplementary section.
Margaret Nolan, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Becky B on April 15, 2002
This is an excellent collection of women poets in America. From classic feminist poets like Anne Sexton to beat poet Diane di Prima, this collection covers almost everyone who's anyone in 20th century women's poetry. One of the things I wish of this collection, however, is more late 20th century poets. While many of the poems included are from the latter part of the century, there are no poets featured who were born after 1960. As a young woman poet, I find it difficult to find women similar to myself in such an all-encompassing collection of women's poetry. I'd like to know who's publishing poetry now.
I think my favorite poem in this collection is "Why, Some of My Best Friends are Women" by Phyllis McGinley. It's a wonderful study of what women are versus what they are percieved to be by society.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
I'm a college student at Hollins University and this was one of my English books. I have never read an anthology that varied so much in subject and style. The compilation is truly magical and it represents a wide range of readers. Any woman can find something to relate to in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Jungck on January 15, 2007
This is an excellent collection of women's poetry. The topics are diverse, and the styles offer a nice variety. Some are written in a witty tone, and some are very serious. I use this collection in the classroom (college freshman and sophomores), but I think many of the pieces would be great for high school use as well.
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I received this book as a gift during a rough time in my life. While yes, some of the poems can be a bit depressing (the nature of the beast), the writing is amazing and the collection so vast. Such a great book when looking for a variety of authors, and styles to read.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pen on February 19, 2013
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saw maybe 7 poems out of 300? I enjoyed. Don't mind the women's lib attitude or the suffering it was just depressing, boring and a waste of book space. ( poems I enjoyed were by louis gluck robin morgan mona van guy wendolyn books susan griffin carolyn kizer)
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