- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Papier-Mache Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0918949491
- ISBN-13: 978-0918949493
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
Editor of many anthologies, including When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, (Papier-Mache Pr., 1987), Martz is also founder of Papier-Mache Press. Her newest collection continues to feature prose, poetry, and photography by and about women, but the theme here is life as it is experienced through the female body. It would have been easy to compile a much thicker volume, but in the space provided she manages to select an impressive array of perspectives. The pieces are organized as if to follow the chronological life cycle, yet the overall resonance of the many voices being born and giving birth is anything but linear. Tending toward the emotive and always from the subjective, these pieces articulate what it is like to be Everywoman from every age. An inspirational glimpse geared toward general readership.
Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
I AM BECOMING THE WOMAN I'VE WANTED is a profound look at body image and self-appreciation written by women of all ages. But this is much more than just another book about body image. BECOMING is the proud winner of a 1995 American Book Award for its representation of American writing as culturally and ethnically diverse. "These pieces articulate what it is like to be Everywoman from every age." (Library Journal)
Expressing the many aspects of women becoming comfortable with their bodies, these writers tackle a sensitive subject with grace and eloquence in this "honest exposure of private space." (Indianapolis News)
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"..if by wearing silk, my value mounts
what happens when I'm bare?"
There are pieces that apply to whatever stage of life a woman is passing through. There are pieces that bring the smiles of remembering past stages. There are pieces that point to possible routes for the journeys to come.
Read and enjoy this passage from "Combustion"
"When I have a hot flash....I watch, astounded, as an invisible hand tosses water on the stones of my body, and I ignite. How can flesh not melt? Then, of necessity, I give up the watch and close my eyes and float on the water, and then the fire expends itself, and I pick up my little fan and create a breeze something like the ones that frequsent northern lakes at night. Then I just sit in the quiet puddle of my flesh. If it is the middle of the night I sleep the good sleep of a person cleansed."
I read this book before and I just finished it again.. so overwhelming with different experience in every page .. the boundless limits of a woman's endurance .. the feeling of satisfaction that gratifies a female giving her pride and strength..
This is a book that you can read over and over.. a poem one day ..a short story on another.. enjoy!