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Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence Paperback – February 23, 2013
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"the need to speak out can be compelling, and must be honored...as in the new anthology Women Write Resistance...women speak to women, in sympathy and in exasperation to themselves and each other." - Critical Flame
"The anthology is impressive not only for the diversity of voices represented, but the writers' multifaceted approach to received literary forms...the poems in Women Write Resistance suggest the myriad ways that the existing literary landscape can be renegotiated, re-imagined, and redefined...Indeed, Wiseman's anthology is a carefully constructed, masterfully executed, and necessary contribution to the study of women's writing." - Pleiades
"Despite impressive barriers broken by women...men continue to beat, victimize, and psychologically manipulate...good news: I can't put down Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, an anthology of 106 writers...Editor Laura Madeline Wiseman conducts a choir of multi-cultural voices Adrienne Rich would be proud to call soul sisters...Her introduction sets a necessary fire, especially for the faint-hearted. These poems are projected more toward those fearful to speak than those empowered, which is why I believe this book is vital to the mute and the Muse." - Rattle Poetry
"I assign Women Write Resistance in hopes that reading the poems...will allow students to explore the personal--the language of emotion, the body, and the deep psyche where trauma dwells and where language ultimately fails to tell our stories--as a political act of resistance to gender violence. As Wiseman states, the poets featured in the anthology 'are actors, rather than reactionaries' who 'resist by arming themselves with poems' (xiv)...Trauma eludes language," and "...the poetry in this collection functions as activism." - Spoon River Poetry Review blog
The anthology is impressive not only for the diversity of voices represented, but the writers' multifaceted approach to received literary forms...the poems in Women Write Resistance suggest the myriad ways that the existing literary landscape can be renegotiated, re-imagined, and redefined.…Indeed, Wiseman's anthology is a carefully constructed, masterfully executed, and necessary contribution to the study of women's writing. - Pleiades
“The act of writing is not typically viewed as an assertion of power or an articulation of authority. Putting pen to paper requires only a voice and an idea. However, the women included in this anthology do more than defy this long-entrenched logic…. the poems and poets included in Women Write Resistance work to display the activism of poetry and the power of the woman-poet.” - Poemeleon
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"Recent events such as Congress' failure to renew the Violence Against Women Act, or politicians' ignorant statements about rape, or the US press' shock over rape in India (as if such things do not happen in the U.S.) all demonstrate the pressing need for continuing education about violence against women. Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence is the perfect resource for such education, ideal for use in introductory and advanced Gender and Women's Studies courses. The more than 100 poems give fresh insight into women's experience of various types of violence- war, rape, domestic abuse, incest, intimidation-- and their social contexts, while reflecting on root causes of violence, methods of resistance, and visions for a world without violence. The overall effect of women's voices is powerful, moving the reader beyond the dichotomy of victim versus survivor, to resistance through words and action. The critical introductory essay draws on recent feminist theory to reflect on how this transformation occurs through such techniques as breaking silence, disrupting traditional narratives, language sassing, and the strategic use of anger. The book reminds everyone that violence against women is still unfortunately a prominent part of our society, while giving tools that enhance understanding and resistance." ~ Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, editor of Women's Studies for the Future (Rutgers, 2005) and co-author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold (Routledge, 1993)
"Women Write Resistance draws us into a world of pain and oppression, but also hope. Words often fail to describe the violence women endure. However, through poetry, these women capture the trauma experienced by so many. The stories of abuse painted in the poems leave a haunting legacy and dare us to stand up against the violence. Their survival and courage to speak out gives us hope that change can happen." ~ Nancy Berns, author of Framing the Victim: Domestic Violence Media and Social Problems (Aldine Transaction, 2004) and Closure (Temple University, 2011)
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I am ardently thankful for your book. I am an old-school feminist and have been plunged into near-despair by the scarceness of feminist (in a broad sense) (AND speaking as an old broad) discourse in the arts since the nineties. I don’t classify poetry as political vs non-political. As George Orwell wrote, ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA. I.E., all art evokes and encourages a state of mind and emotion, an ethereal but nevertheless real vision of how-it-is and what’s important. Art 'propagates' and there's nothing wrong with propagation: think of responsible parents and gardeners.
So any discussion of what standpoint an artistic creation takes is a question of what an artist sees and believes. It is evident, I should think, that what an artist sees and believes is thoroughly conditioned by the art that surrounds her as well as by her own experiences. Artists—and I speak mainly for creative and articulate writers, directors, performers who are in earnest, who are courageous and compassionate--provide us with essential tools to press for a just, humane, sustainable culture of equality. But those artists have to be resistant to a mainstream which whispers distortions and dishonesties. Thus the role of this collection: offering honest upfront resistance to all forms of negativity and dominance, including materialism, reactive fundamentalisms and obscurantism. Poetry untamed.Read more ›
It is easier to program a child than a VCR. Only three steps. Easy, time-tested, ancient, a sure thing.
First, hurt the child. Hurt her a little, hurt her a lot, threaten to do more, things she can't imagine. Since she couldn't have imagined what you've already done, her own fear will now control her. She will blindfold and gag herself.
Those are the opening lines of a poem by Elliott Battzedek entitled, "His Favorite Gun is Me." The poem is part of a new anthology called, Women Write Resistance.
Poetry resisting violence. Gendered violence: Battering, rape, incest, trans-violence.
Poetry as resistance may sound strange.
Yet poetry emerges from the unconscious, beyond conventional notions provided by the powerful, creating competing narratives.
That's crucial since gender violence holds a "double-bind: keep silent or speak and be ashamed," says scholar Cheryl Glenn.
When he held her by her ankles
upside down on the roof
like she was
a bird he was plucking
...Read more ›
Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence
Sally Deskins, founding editor of Les Femmes Folles, journal of women in art
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Edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman who teaches English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Frida
So how do we find the right routes for our voices to take? How can we be heard? I think we should pick up on what the writers of the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kayla G.