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On The Death Of Emperor Tenji by A Court Lady [pseud.]
I, Who Cut Off My Sorrows by Akazome Emon
Autobiography by Sonja Akesson
At Night by Bella Akhmadulina
Autumn by Bella Akhmadulina
The Bride by Bella Akhmadulina
A Dream by Bella Akhmadulina
Goodbye by Bella Akhmadulina
In The Emptied Rest Home by Bella Akhmadulina
The Names Of Georgian Women by Bella Akhmadulina
Silence by Bella Akhmadulina
Sleepwalkers by Bella Akhmadulina
Small Aircraft by Bella Akhmadulina
The Sound Of Rain by Bella Akhmadulina
Winter by Bella Akhmadulina
Words Spoken By Pasternak During The Bombing by Bella Akhmadulina
Elegy For Her Brother Sakhr by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
In Death's Field by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
The Night by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
On Her Brothe Sakhr by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
On Her Brother by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
Rain To The Tribe by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
Sleepless by Tumadir Bint Ibn Al-sharid Al-khansa
Lament After Her Husband Bishr's Murder by Al-khirniq
He Accepts The Circle, Speech And So by Anne-marie Albiach
Death Sonnet I by Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
Drops Of Gall by Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
Dusk by Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
Midnight by Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
Sister by Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
Cry by Sandra Alcosser
Loineliness And July Ninth by Claribel Alegria
Search by Claribel Alegria
Small Country by Claribel Alegria
Iron Heaven by Betti Alver
The Painter In The Lion Cage by Betti Alver
A Tailor Called Sorrow by Betti Alver
The Titans by Betti Alver
Cuckoo, Noisy Among The Shenbaka Flowers by Andal
O People Who Live In The World by Andal
To Krishna Haunting The Hills by Andal
Before The Sun Goes Down by Astrid Hjertenaes Andersen
Camoes And The Debt by Sophia De Mello Breyner Andresen
Abortion by Florence Anthony
Child Beater by Florence Anthony
Twenty-year Marriage by Florence Anthony
Alive, This Man Was Manes, A Common Slave by Anyte
I Am Hermes. I Stand In The Crossroads By A Windy by Anyte
Lounge In The Shade Of The Luxuriant Laurel's by Anyte
Daguerreotype Taken In Old Age by Margaret Atwood
Death Of A Young Son By Drowning by Margaret Atwood
Dream 2: Brian The Still-hunter by Margaret Atwood
Elegy For The Giant Tortoises by Margaret Atwood
Habitation by Margaret Atwood
I Am Yours, %you Are Mine by Ava
Curriculum Vitae by Ingeborg Bachmann
Days In White by Ingeborg Bachmann
Every Day by Ingeborg Bachmann
The Firstborn Land by Ingeborg Bachmann
Out Of The Corpse-warm Vestibule Of Heaven Steps The Sun by Ingeborg Bachmann
You Want The Summer Lightning, Throuw The Knives by Ingeborg Bachmann
Eighteen by Maria Banus
Gift Hour by Maria Banus
Jack's Defeat Creek by Aliki Barnstone
Sky Burial by Aliki Barnstone
Conversation Between The Chevalier De Chamilly ... by Maria Isabel Barreno
Saddle And Cell by Maria Isabel Barreno
Love's Witness by Aphra Behn
Not To Sigh And To Be Tender by Aphra Behn
When You Love, Or Speak Of It by Aphra Behn
Infidelity by Olga Berggolts
To My Sister by Olga Berggolts
To Song by Olga Berggolts
Hannah's Thanksgiving (samuel 2:1-10) by Bible
The Magnificat (luke 1:45-56) by Bible
Psalm 58: Si Vere Utique by Bible
The Song Of Deborah (judges 5:1-31) by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 1 by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 2 by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 3 by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 4 by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 5 by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 6 by Bible
Song Of Solomon: The Song Of Songs (the Shulamite): 7 by Bible
The Stillness, The Dancing by Linda Louise Bierds
At The Fishhouses by Elizabeth Bishop
Crusoe In England by Elizabeth Bishop
The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop
The Imaginary Iceberg by Elizabeth Bishop
In The Waiting Room by Elizabeth Bishop
Insomnia by Elizabeth Bishop
Invitation To Miss Marianne Moore by Elizabeth Bishop
The Moose by Elizabeth Bishop
Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop
I Need Only Fall Asleep by Ana Blandiana
Calendar by Cecil Bodker
Self-portrait by Cecil Bodker
Medusa by Louise Bogan
Women by Louise Bogan
After Supper In Madison, Wisconsin by Marianne Boruch
The Author To Her Book by Anne Bradstreet
Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children by Anne Bradstreet
Here Follows Some Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House ... by Anne Bradstreet
In Memory Of My Dear Grandchild Ann Bradstreet, Who Deceased by Anne Bradstreet
In Reference To Her Children, 23 June, 1659 by Anne Bradstreet
The Tenth Muse: The Prologue by Anne Bradstreet
To My Dear And Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
Remembrance by Emily Jane Bronte
Upon Her Soothing Breast by Emily Jane Bronte
Boy Breaking Glass by Gwendolyn Brooks
Gay Chaps At The Bar: My Dreams, My Works, Must Wait Till After Hell by Gwendolyn Brooks
Jessie Mitchell's Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
A Sunset Of The City by Gwendolyn Brooks
We Real Cool; The Pool Players. Seven At The Golden Shovel by Gwendolyn Brooks
Landscape With Leaves And Figure by Olga Broumas
Landscape With Next Of Kin by Olga Broumas
Memory At These Speeds by Olga Broumas
Tilt by Olga Broumas
Sonnets From The Portuguese: 22 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Birth by Edith Bruck
You Hide In The Ostrich Egg by Edith Bruck
Nothing by Julia De Burgos
Poem To My Death by Julia De Burgos
To Julia De Burgos by Julia De Burgos
The Fruits You Give Me Are More Savory Than Others by Marguerite Burnat-provins
Sylvius, Your Hands Near My Mouth Are Heady Flowers by Marguerite Burnat-provins
You Told Me: 'i Am Not Worthy Of You.' And You Hid by Marguerite Burnat-provins
I'm Not Here Never Was by Constanta Buzea
Child Of Silence And Shadow by Yvonne Caroutch
I Come To You With The Vertigoes Of The Source by Yvonne Caroutch
The Limb Of Forests Rises Up by Yvonne Caroutch
Night Opens Like An Almond by Yvonne Caroutch
When We Are Two Drunk Suns by Yvonne Caroutch
Hills Picking Up The Moonlight by Nina Cassian
Knowledge by Nina Cassian
Like Gulliver by Nina Cassian
The Great Fish's Eyes Never Shut. by Rosario Castellanos
O Cloud That Wants To Be The Sky's Arrow by Rosario Castellanos
What Is Weaker Than A God? It Groans Hungry by Rosario Castellanos
Now All That Sound Of Laughter, Sound Of Singing by Rosalia De Castro
They Say That Plants Don't Talk, Nor Do by Rosalia De Castro
Voice Of A Dissipated Woman Inside A Tomb ... by Violante Do Ceu
Ch'in Chia's Wife's Reply by Mrs. Ch'in Chia
Farewell by Chao Li-hua
Slender Fingers by Chao Luan-luan
What Are We Playing At? by Andree Chedid
To The Tune The River Is Red by Chin Ch'iu
After A Long Winter, Giving by Chiyo Ni
Don't Dress For It by Chiyo Ni
Hardly Spring, With Ice by Chiyo Ni
Once My Parents Were Older by Chiyo Ni
Song Of Snow-white Heads by Cho Wen-chun
Men's Voices In The Darkness by Inger Christensen
Alone by Chu Shu-chen
Lost by Chu Shu-chen
Morning by Chu Shu-chen
The Old Anguish by Chu Shu-chen
Sorrow by Chu Shu-chen
Stormy Night In Autumn by Chu Shu-chen
Archaic Figure by Amy Clampitt
A Baroque Sunburst %struck Through Such A Dome by Amy Clampitt
Margaret Fuller, 1847 by Amy Clampitt
Anna Speaks Of The Childhood Of Mary Her Daughter by Lucille Clifton
Cutting Greens by Lucille Clifton
Holy Night by Lucille Clifton
Homage To My Hips by Lucille Clifton
How Is He Coming Then by Lucille Clifton
I Once Knew A Man Who Had Wild Horses Killed by Lucille Clifton
If I Stand In My Window by Lucille Clifton
Island Mary by Lucille Clifton
The Lost Baby Poem by Lucille Clifton
Miss Rosie by Lucille Clifton
She Understands Me by Lucille Clifton
There Is A Girl Inside by Lucille Clifton
The Other Side Of A Mirror by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
As When Some Hungry Fledgling Hears And Sees by Vittoria Colonna
I Live On This Depraved And Lonely Cliff by Vittoria Colonna
In The House Of The Dying by Jane Cooper
Although I Was Her Pupil by Corinna (5th Century B.c.-)
I Korinna Am Here To Sing The Courage by Corinna (5th Century B.c.-)
Kithairon Sang Of Cunning Kronos by Corinna (5th Century B.c.-)
When He Sailed Into The Harbor by Corinna (5th Century B.c.-)
Will You Sleep Forever by Corinna (5th Century B.c.-)
I Am New York City by Jayne Cortez
So Long by Jayne Cortez
Song Of The Fucked Duck by Jayne Cortez
First Dream by Juana Ines De La Cruz
In Which She Satisfies A Fear With The Rhetoric Of Tears by Juana Ines De La Cruz
She Attempts To Refute The Praises Of That Truth ... by Juana Ines De La Cruz
She Proves The Inconsistency Of The Desires & Criticism ... by Juana Ines De La Cruz
The Roses Of Sa'adi by Marceline Desbordes-valmore
After Great Pain A Formal Feeling Comes by Emily Dickinson
The Chariot by Emily Dickinson
Colloquy by Emily Dickinson
Come Slowly, Eden! by Emily Dickinson
Dare You See A Soul At The White Heat? by Emily Dickinson
Dying by Emily Dickinson
Exclusion by Emily Dickinson
Ghosts by Emily Dickinson
I Dwell In Possibility by Emily Dickinson
I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Emily Dickinson
I Reckon - When I Count At All by Emily Dickinson
I Would Not Paint - A Picture by Emily Dickinson
I Would Not Paint - A Picture by Emily Dickinson
I'm Nobody! Who Are You by Emily Dickinson
I've Seen A Dying Eye by Emily Dickinson
The Last Night That She Lived by Emily Dickinson
A Light Exists In Spring by Emily Dickinson
Me From Myself -- To Banish by Emily Dickinson
Mine By The Right Of The White Election by Emily Dickinson
Much Madness Is Divinest Sense by Emily Dickinson
My Life Had Stood - A Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson
Of Course - I Prayed by Emily Dickinson
Parting by Emily Dickinson
Perception Of An Object Costs by Emily Dickinson
Publication Is The Auction by Emily Dickinson
The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson
The Snake by Emily Dickinson
Sweet Mountains - Ye Tell Me No Lie by Emily Dickinson
There Is A Languor Of The Life by Emily Dickinson
There Is A Morn By Men Unseen by Emily Dickinson
There Is A Pain - So Utter by Emily Dickinson
There's A Certain Slant Of Light by Emily Dickinson
They Shut Me Up In Prose by Emily Dickinson
This Is My Letter To The World by Emily Dickinson
'tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So by Emily Dickinson
Title Divine - Is Mine! by Emily Dickinson
To Make A Prairie by Emily Dickinson
We Dream - It Is Good We Are Dreaming by Emily Dickinson
The Wife by Emily Dickinson
Wild Nights! Wild Nights! by Emily Dickinson
A Word Made Flesh Is Seldom by Emily Dickinson
Lately I've Felt A Grave Concern by Beatritz De Die
The Three Fates by Rosemary Dobson
Birthdays: 1 by Hilde Domin
Birthdays: 2 by Hilde Domin
Birthdays: 3 by Hilde Domin
A Sparrow In The Dust by Ruth Domino
Evadne by Hilda Doolittle
The Flowering Of The Rod: 14 by Hilda Doolittle
Helen by Hilda Doolittle
Heliodora by Hilda Doolittle
Pear Tree by Hilda Doolittle
Sigil: 11 by Hilda Doolittle
Tribute To The Angels: 14 by Hilda Doolittle
Tribute To The Angels: 20 by Hilda Doolittle
The Walls Do Not Fall: 34 by Hilda Doolittle
The Abduction by Rita Dove
David Walker (1785-1830) by Rita Dove
The House Slave by Rita Dove
Someone's Blood by Rita Dove
The Last Day Of The Year (new Year's Eve) by Annette Freiin Von Droste-hulshoff
Antiphonal Hymn In Praise Of Inanna by Enheduanna
Appeal To The Moongod Nanna-suen To Throw Out Lugalanne ... by Enheduanna
Banishment From Ur by Enheduanna
Condemning The Moongod Nanna by Enheduanna
Crimes Of Lugalanne by Enheduanna
A Curse On Uruk by Enheduanna
Final Prayer by Enheduanna
Inanna And An by Enheduanna
Inanna And Ebih by Enheduanna
Inanna And Enlil by Enheduanna
Inanna And Ishkur by Enheduanna
Inanna And The Anunna by Enheduanna
Inanna And The City Of Uruk by Enheduanna
Inanna And The Divine Essences by Enheduanna
The Restoration Of Enheduanna To Her Former Station by Enheduanna
Birth by Louise Erdrich
Fooling God by Louise Erdrich
Ninth Month by Louise Erdrich
Sunflowers by Louise Erdrich
A Letter To Her Mother by Eristi-aya
I'm Sad %i'm Sad by Foroogh Farrokhzaad
In The Land Of Dwarfs by Foroogh Farrokhzaad
On Earth by Foroogh Farrokhzaad
Once More by Foroogh Farrokhzaad
I Hear You've Let Go by Rosario Ferre
Two Tile Beaks by Maria Amalia Fonte Boa
Vitality by Maria Amalia Fonte Boa
The Memory Of Elena by Carolyn Forche
San Onofre, California by Carolyn Forche
Selective Service by Carolyn Forche
Lines by Sarah Louisa Forten
Dream Of The Forgotten Lover by Lucia Fox
If Night Takes The Form Of A Whale And by Isabel Fraire
Human Geography by Gloria Fuertes
Interior Landscape by Gloria Fuertes
Tanka by Fumi Saito
Black Pudding by Tess Gallagher
Black Silk by Tess Gallagher
Yes by Tess Gallagher
Crazed Man In Concentration Camp by Agnes Gergely
My Grandmother In Paris by Sandra M. Gilbert
Lamentations by Louise Gluck
Nameless Journey: 2 by Lea Goldberg
Nameless Journey: 3 by Lea Goldberg
Of Myself by Lea Goldberg
Our Backs Are To The Cypress by Lea Goldberg
And There Is Nothing At All - Neither Fear by Natalya Gorbanyevskaya
Here, As In A Painting, Yellow Noon Burns by Natalya Gorbanyevskaya
Not Because Of You, Not Because Of Me, Just That by Natalya Gorbanyevskaya
This World %is Amazingly Flat by Natalya Gorbanyevskaya
To I. Lavrentevaya by Natalya Gorbanyevskaya
Alone by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
He Loved Three Things In Life by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
How Can You Look At The Neva by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
Lot's Wife by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
Requiem 1935-1940 by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
Summer Garden by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
Tashkent Breaks Into Blossom by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
What's Worse Than This Past Century? by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
Your Lynx-eyes, Asia by Anna Adreyevna Gorenko
The Hiding Place by Jorie Graham
Split Tractate by Jorie Graham
Balancing Everything by Linda Gregg
Bloomingdale's I by Linda Gregg
Classicism by Linda Gregg
Lacoste Iv by Linda Gregg
Together In Greece by Linda Gregg
Whole And Without Blessing by Linda Gregg
With A Blessing Rather Than Love Said Nietzsche by Linda Gregg
In The Snowfall by Gwerful Mechain
Lady Of The Ferry Inn by Gwerful Mechain
Love Has Seven Names by Hadewijch
Fear by Anna Hajnal
The Felled Plane Tree by Anna Hajnal
Half Past Four, October by Anna Hajnal
Mercy by Joy Harjo
The Lion's Bride by Gwen Harwood
The Alchemy Of Day by Anne Hebert
Bread Is Born by Anne Hebert
Crown Of Happiness by Anne Hebert
The Great Fountains by Anne Hebert
Life In The Castle by Anne Hebert
The Offended by Anne Hebert
Our Hands In The Garden by Anne Hebert
The Skinny Girl by Anne Hebert
The Tomb Of The Kings by Anne Hebert
Nearer by Judith Herzberg
Reunion by Judith Herzberg
Planting In Tuscaloosa by Emily Hiestand
Wasn't Your Mother A Woman? by Honnamma
Hope Atherton's Wanderings, Sels. by Susan Howe
Speeches At The Barriers: 9 by Susan Howe
Lament Of Hsi-chun by Hsi-chun
The Commonplace Puddle, Fr. Spring Waters by Hsieh Wong-ying
In Shaping The Snow Into Blossoms, Fr. Spring Waters by Hsieh Wong-ying
The Orphan Boat Of My Heart, Fr. Spring Waters by Hsieh Wong-ying
Spring-gazing Song by Hsueh T'ao
Weaving Love-knots by Hsueh T'ao
Weaving Love-knots 2 by Hsueh T'ao
A Farewell To A Southern Melody by Huang O
To The Tune 'a Floating Cloud Crosses Enchanted Mountain' by Huang O
You Held My Lotus Blossom by Huang O
A Letter To Her Father by Inib-sarri
Apricot Tree by Magda Isanos
Because We Suspected by Ise
Correspondence: %when I Have Sad Thoughts by Ise
Elegy: Ise Lamenting The Death Of Empress Onshi by Ise
Even In My Dreams by Ise
A Flower Of Waves by Ise
Hanging From The Branches Of A Green by Ise
If It Is You, There by Ise
Like A Ravaged Sea by Ise
Near A Waterfall At Ryumon by Ise
News Of The Palace by Ise
On Seeing The Field Being Singed by Ise
Seeing The Plum Blossoms By The River by Ise
Seeing The Returning Geese by Ise
They Are Rebuilding %the Old Bridge, The Nagara by Ise
When The Fifth Month Comes by Ise
The Clear Water Of The Imperial Pond by Ise No Tayu
Dream by Nana Issaia
Sacrifice by Nana Issaia
Longing For The Emperor by Iwa No Hime
From Darkness, %i Go Onto, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
Here In This World, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
I Left My Hills,, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
I Wish You Would Come, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
If You Have No Time, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
On This Winter Night, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
Orange Leaves Are Gone, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
Poem On Love: 1 by Izumi Shikibu
Poem On Love: 2 by Izumi Shikibu
Poem On Love: 3 by Izumi Shikibu
Since That Night, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
Someone Else %looked At, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
When You Broke From Me, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
You Wear The Face, Fr. The Diary Of Izumi Shikibu by Izumi Shikibu
When I Went Into My Garden, I Found by Bertha Jacobs
Lullaby For My Dead Child by Denise Jallais
She Was My Staff And I Am Blind by Jana Bai
I Am With Those by Ingrid Jonker
This Journey by Ingrid Jonker
Time Of Waiting In Amsterdam by Ingrid Jonker
For My Mother %i Would Write A List by June Jordan
What She Said by Kaccipettu Nannakaiyar
The House Of Madam Juju by Kanai Mieko
I Dreamed I Held by Kasa
I Love And Fear Him by Kasa
Traffic Lights by Lina Kasdaglis
Mary Magdalene by Kassia
10. by Shirley Kaufman
15. by Shirley Kaufman
6. by Shirley Kaufman
I Write To Make You Suffer by Anne-marie Kegels
Nocturnal Heart by Anne-marie Kegels
When I Strip, %stop Walking by Anne-marie Kegels
Canticle Of A Black Lady by Dolores Kendrick
Leah: In Freedom by Dolores Kendrick
Lucy Sleeps With Master Muford by Dolores Kendrick
The Autumn Made Colors Burn by Venus Khoury-ghata
Your Cheeks Flat On The Sand by Venus Khoury-ghata
A Farewel To Worldly Joyes by Anne Killigrew
On Death by Anne Killigrew
All Splendor On Earth by Karin Kiwus
To Be A Mistress by Kiyoko Tsuda
The Intruder by Carolyn Kizer
Lines To Accompany Flowers For Eve by Carolyn Kizer
Through A Glass Eye, Lightly by Carolyn Kizer
Dancing-girl's Song by Kshetrayya
The Hermit Has A Visitor by Maxine W. Kumin
Together by Maxine W. Kumin
Sonnet: 1 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 10 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 11 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 12 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 13 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 14 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 15 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 16 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 17 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 18 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 19 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 2 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 20 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 21 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 22 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 23 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 24 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 3 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 4 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 5 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 6 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 7 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 8 by Louise Labe
Sonnet: 9 by Louise Labe
And So I Speak by Monique Laederach
Leaving The Island, She Believes, To Go To The Child by Monique Laederach
Camel by Laila Akhyaliyya
Laila Boasting by Laila Akhyaliyya
Lamenting Tauba by Laila Akhyaliyya
I Came By The Way by Lalla
I Drag A Boat Over The Ocean by Lalla
Impermanence by Lalla
Eves Apologie by Aemilia (bassano) Lanyer
Abraham And Isaac by Else Lasker-schuler
End Of The World by Else Lasker-schuler
Hagar And Ishamel by Else Lasker-schuler
Jacob by Else Lasker-schuler
Jacob And Esau by Else Lasker-schuler
A Love Song by Else Lasker-schuler
Glass by Takado Uchino Lento
Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov
Overheard Over S.e. Asia by Denise Levertov
The Roamer by Denise Levertov
Stepping Westward by Denise Levertov
To Antonio Machado by Denise Levertov
Clear Bright by Li Ch'ing-chao
Flirtation by Li Ch'ing-chao
Last %night %thin %rain by Li Ch'ing-chao
Melting In Thin Mist And Heavy Clouds by Li Ch'ing-chao
Rattan %bed, %paper %netting by Li Ch'ing-chao
Sky %links %cloud %waves by Li Ch'ing-chao
Sorrow Of Departure by Li Ch'ing-chao
Tune: A Lonely Flute On The Phoenix Terrace by Li Ch'ing-chao
Tune: As In A Dream: A Song by Li Ch'ing-chao
Tune: Drunk Under Flower Shadows by Li Ch'ing-chao
Two Springs: 1 by Li Ch'ing-chao
Two Springs: 2 by Li Ch'ing-chao
Warm %rain, %sunny %wind by Li Ch'ing-chao
A Weary Song To A Slow Sad Tune by Li Ch'ing-chao
Harvesting Wheat For The Public Share by Li Chu
Minor Elegy by Henriqueta Lisboa
Coal by Audre Lorde
From The House Of Yemanja by Audre Lorde
Carrefour by Amy Lowell
Dreams In War Time, Sels. by Amy Lowell
The Fisherman's Wife by Amy Lowell
From One Who Stays by Amy Lowell
Grotesque by Amy Lowell
Patterns by Amy Lowell
Proportion by Amy Lowell
The Taxi by Amy Lowell
Wind And Silver by Amy Lowell
1. by Mina Loy
12. by Mina Loy
13. by Mina Loy
14. by Mina Loy
15. by Mina Loy
16. by Mina Loy
17. by Mina Loy
18. by Mina Loy
19. by Mina Loy
20. by Mina Loy
21. by Mina Loy
22. by Mina Loy
23. by Mina Loy
24. by Mina Loy
6. by Mina Loy
9. by Mina Loy
An Aged Woman by Mina Loy
At The Door Of The House by Mina Loy
Gertrude Stein by Mina Loy
Letters Of The Unliving by Mina Loy
Parturition by Mina Loy
Photo After Pogrom by Mina Loy
Poe by Mina Loy
Three Moments In Paris: 1. One O'clock At Night by Mina Loy
Three Moments In Paris: 2. Cafe Du Neant by Mina Loy
Three Moments In Paris: 3. Magasins Du Louvre by Mina Loy
Other Men Are Thorn by Mahadevi
People, %male And Female by Mahadevi
Riding The Blue Sapphire Mountains by Mahadevi
Would A Circling Surface Vulture by Mahadevi
On The Holy Day Of Your Going Out To War by Mahodahi
Christmas Mass For A Little Atheist Jesus by Claude Maillard
Bear's Blood by Ileana Malancioiu
Last Night I Saw Your Corpse by Joyce Mansour
Seated On Her Bed by Joyce Mansour
Honeysuckle (chevrefoil) by Marie De France
The Nightingale by Marie De France
The Two Lovers by Marie De France
Meeting After Separation by Marula
The Crusaders %knoew The Holy Places by Jenny Mastoraki
The Death Of A Warrior by Jenny Mastoraki
Prometheus by Jenny Mastoraki
Then They Paraded Pompey's Urn by Jenny Mastoraki
The Vandals by Jenny Mastoraki
The Wooden Horse Then Said by Jenny Mastoraki
I Knew I'd Sing by Heather Mchugh
The Matter Over by Heather Mchugh
To Have To Is An Odd Infinitive, In Which by Heather Mchugh
Pregnancy by Sandra Jean Mcpherson
Ballad Of The Ten Casino Dancers by Cecilia Meireles
Birth by Gabriela Melinescu
Time Of Fish Dying by Gabriela Melinescu
I Wanted To See You by Lelia Miccolis
Till Death Do Us Part by Lelia Miccolis
Before by Josephine Miles
Doll by Josephine Miles
If You Will by Josephine Miles
Memorial Day by Josephine Miles
Sonnet: 31 by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sonnet: 66. Sonnet To Gath by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay
At The Holi Festival Of Color by Mirabai
Friend, Don't Be Angry by Mirabai
Friend, How Can I Meet My Lord? by Mirabai
Hari Helps His People by Mirabai
Hari, Look At Me A While by Mirabai
I Can't Break With The Dark One by Mirabai
I Don't Sleep. All Night by Mirabai
Let Me See You by Mirabai
Mira Is Dancing With Bells Tied by Mirabai
My Eyes Are Thristy by Mirabai
My Love Is In My House by Mirabai
Rana, I Know You Gave Me Poison by Mirabai
Rana, Why Do You Treat Me by Mirabai
Wake, Child %with The Flute by Mirabai
Yogi, Don't Go Away by Mirabai
The Hair Ornament Of The Sun by Mitsuhashi Takajo
Funeral Lament (kommos) From Epiros by Moirologia
Traditional Funeral Songs by Moirologia
Avec Ardeur by Marianne Moore
Critics And Connoisseurs by Marianne Moore
A Grave by Marianne Moore
Marriage by Marianne Moore
The Paper Nautilus by Marianne Moore
Poetry (further Revised) by Marianne Moore
Silence by Marianne Moore
The Steeple-jack by Marianne Moore
... 1968 ... by Petra Von Morstein
Anthology Poem by Petra Von Morstein
For One Who Says He Feels by Petra Von Morstein
In The Case Of Lobsters by Petra Von Morstein
Justice by Petra Von Morstein
Thing Poem by Petra Von Morstein
Although He Has No Form by Mukta Bai
I Live Where Darkness by Mukta Bai
Answered By Prince Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Lady Murasaki Says by Murasaki Shikibu
Someone Passes by Murasaki Shikibu
Holidays by Eva Mylonas
Mother by Nagase Kioko
Bird by Agnes Nemes Nagy
I Carried Statues On The Ship by Agnes Nemes Nagy
Words To A Song by Agnes Nemes Nagy
Alcoholic Dream %that Ran Him by Lorine Niedecker
As I Paint The Street by Lorine Niedecker
Consider At The Outset by Lorine Niedecker
Darwin: 1 by Lorine Niedecker
Darwin: 2 by Lorine Niedecker
Darwin: 3 by Lorine Niedecker
Darwin: 4 by Lorine Niedecker
Darwin: 5 by Lorine Niedecker
Easter Greeting by Lorine Niedecker
Foreclosure by Lorine Niedecker
Get A Load %of April's by Lorine Niedecker
Hear %wher Her Snow-grave Is by Lorine Niedecker
I Knew A Clean Man by Lorine Niedecker
I Married %in The World's Black Night by Lorine Niedecker
In Leonardo's Light by Lorine Niedecker
In The Great Snowfall Before The Bomb by Lorine Niedecker
Laundromat by Lorine Niedecker
My Friend Tree %i Sawed You Down by Lorine Niedecker
New-sawed %clean-smelling House by Lorine Niedecker
Now In One Year by Lorine Niedecker
Old Mother by Lorine Niedecker
Poet's Work by Lorine Niedecker
Popcorn-can Cover %screwed To The Wall by Lorine Niedecker
A Praisworthy %the Power Of Breathing (epictetus) by Lorine Niedecker
Some Float Off On Chocolate Bars by Lorine Niedecker
Swept Snow, Li Po by Lorine Niedecker
To My Pressure Pump by Lorine Niedecker
Tradition by Lorine Niedecker
Well, Spring, Overflows The Land by Lorine Niedecker
What Horror To Awake At Night by Lorine Niedecker
The Moon Of Id Came by Nur Jahan
Your Love Turned My Body by Nur Jahan
Home Free by Diana O'hehir
Riding The San Francisco Train by Diana O'hehir
What Her Girlfriends Said To Her by Okkur Macatti
How Will You Cross by Oku
Ideographs by Sharon Olds
Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds
The Honey Tree by Mary Oliver
John Chapman by Mary Oliver
Flower Ensnarer Of Psalms by Rossana Ombres
The Color Of The Flowers by Ono No Komachi
Love Poem: 5 by Ono No Komachi
So Lonely Am I by Ono No Komachi
A Thing Which Fades by Ono No Komachi
My Brother Has On by Otomo Of Sakanoe
Sent From The Capital To Her Elder Daughter by Otomo Of Sakanoe
Unknown Love by Otomo Of Sakanoe
Parody by Martha Paley Francescato
Semen by Martha Paley Francescato
A Present From The Emperor's New Concubine by Pan Chieh-yu
Against Love by Katherine Philips
Another Song Of The Same Woman, To Some Partridges ... by Florencia Del Pinar
Alone Am I, And Alone I Wish To Be by Christine De Pisan
Christine To Her Son by Christine De Pisan
I Am A Widow, Robed In Black, Alone by Christine De Pisan
I'll Always Dress In Black And Rave by Christine De Pisan
Doors by Therese Plantier
Overdue Balance Sheet by Therese Plantier
The Arrival Of The Bee Box by Sylvia Plath
Crossing The Water by Sylvia Plath
Daddy by Sylvia Plath
Edge by Sylvia Plath
The Eye-mote by Sylvia Plath
Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
The Moon And The Yew Tree by Sylvia Plath
Morning Song by Sylvia Plath
Poppies In October by Sylvia Plath
Happiness Writes White by Katha Pollitt
Of Autumn by Veronica Porumbacu
I'll Act Out A Weird Dream by Marie-francoise Prager
Most Beautiful Of Things by Praxilla
You Gaze At Me Teasingly Through The Window by Praxilla
O My Lord, If I Worship You From Fear Of Hell by Rabi'a The Mystic
O My Lord, The Stars Glitter And Eyes Of Men Are Closed by Rabi'a The Mystic
The Wilderness by Kathleen Jessie Raine
The Everlasting Forests by Dahlia Ravikovitch
Poem Of Explanations by Dahlia Ravikovitch
Diving Into The Wreck by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Final Notations by Adrienne Cecile Rich
'i Am In Danger - Sir - ' by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Moving In Winter by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Peeling Onions by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Twenty-one Love Poems: 11 by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Twenty-one Love Poems: 2 by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Twenty-one Love Poems: 20 by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Twenty-one Love Poems: 4 by Adrienne Cecile Rich
Twenty-one Love Poems: The Floating Poem, Unnumbered by Adrienne Cecile Rich
In Progress by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The World by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Darkness Music by Muriel Rukeyser
Eyes Of Night-time by Muriel Rukeyser
This Morning by Muriel Rukeyser
May The Man Who Gained My Trust Yet Did Not Come by Ryojin Hisho
But Perhaps %we %smoky With Error by Nelly Leonie Sachs
In Flight In Escape by Nelly Leonie Sachs
In The Blue Distance by Nelly Leonie Sachs
The Last One %to Die Here by Nelly Leonie Sachs
Line Like %living Hair by Nelly Leonie Sachs
The Sleepwalker by Nelly Leonie Sachs
White Serpent %polar Circle by Nelly Leonie Sachs
In The Gathering Dew by Sagami
The Upper Story by Mary Jo Salter
All The While, Believe Me, I Prayed by Sappho
Andromache's Wedding by Sappho
Andromeda %forgot %and I Too by Sappho
Come, Holy Tortoise Shell by Sappho
The Glow And Beauty Of The Stars by Sappho
Here Are Find Gifts, Children by Sappho
Hermes Came To Me In A Dream. I Said by Sappho
Hesperos, You Bring Home All The Bright Dawn Disperses by Sappho
Honestly I Whish I Were Dead! by Sappho
I Could Not Hope by Sappho
I Have No Embroidered Headband by Sappho
If My Nipples Were To Drip Milk by Sappho
In Gold Sandals by Sappho
It Would Be Wrong For Us. It Is Not Right by Sappho
Leave Krete And Come To This Holy Temple by Sappho
Like A Mountain Whirlwind by Sappho
Love - Bittersweet, Irrepressible by Sappho
Mother Darling, I Cannot Work The Loom by Sappho
My Atthis, Although Our Dear Anaktoria by Sappho
My Mother Always Said by Sappho
Now In My %heart I by Sappho
O Dream From The Blackness by Sappho
O Gongyla, My Darling Rose by Sappho
On Your Dazzling Throne, Aphrodite by Sappho
Sappho, If You Do Not Come Out by Sappho
Some Say Cavalry And Others Claim by Sappho
Someone, I Tell You by Sappho
Then I Said To The Elegant Ladies by Sappho
To Me He Seems Like A God by Sappho
You Came. And You Did Well To Come by Sappho
You Lay In Wait by Sappho
Considering How Exaggerated Music Is by Leslie Scalapino
Epilogue: Anemone by Leslie Scalapino
The Return Of Painting, The Pearl, And Orion, Sels. by Leslie Scalapino
Burial Of A Fisherman In Hydra by Grace Schulman
The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton
The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton
The Risk by Anne Sexton
Rowing by Anne Sexton
That Day by Anne Sexton
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide ... by Ntozake Shange
Phallus by Shiraishi Kazuko
The Blossoms Have Fallen by Shokishi Naishinno
My Husband Is The Same Man by Sila
Facade: 18 by Edith Sitwell
Still Falls The Rain; The Raids, 1940. Night And Dawn by Edith Sitwell
Elegiac Sonnet: 67. On Passing Over Dreary Tract Of Country by Charlotte (turner) Smith
I Remember by Florence Margaret Smith
The Weak Monk by Florence Margaret Smith
Conjugations by Mary Ellen Solt
Family by Mary Ellen Solt
Home by Mary Ellen Solt
Marriage by Mary Ellen Solt
Pairings by Mary Ellen Solt
Ran Down Rain Down Rain Down Rain Down Rain Dow N Rai N by Mary Ellen Solt
The Youngest Daughter by Cathy Song
Journey In The Orient by Maria Luisa Spaziani
Dust by Kathleen Spivack
Love U.s.a. by Kathleen Spivack
At Dawn Of The Day The Creator (for Women by Gaspara Stampa
Holy Angels, In Envy I Cast No Sigh by Gaspara Stampa
Often When Alone I Liken My Lord by Gaspara Stampa
When Before Those Eyes, My Life And Light by Gaspara Stampa
Women, Whoever Wishes To Know My Lord by Gaspara Stampa
Wander Indiana by Maura Stanton
A Case Of Assault by Lydia Stephanou
Codicil by Ruth Stone
Dark Conclusions by Ruth Stone
Denouement by Ruth Stone
Liberation by Ruth Stone
On The Mountain by Ruth Stone
Repetition Of Words And Weather by Ruth Stone
Room by Ruth Stone
The Talking Fish by Ruth Stone
Whose Scene? by Ruth Stone
Winter by Ruth Stone
Years Later My Eyes Clear Up by Ruth Stone
I Am Going To Sleep (suicide Poem) by Alfonsina Storni
Lighthouse In The Night by Alfonsina Storni
My Sister by Alfonsina Storni
They've Come by Alfonsina Storni
At Last Love Has Come. I Would Be More Ashamed by Sulpicia
Darling, I Won't Be Your Hot Love by Sulpicia
Do You Have A Sweet Thought, C\rinthus by Sulpicia
Have You Heard? The Troubles by Sulpicia
It's Nice That Though You Are Casual About Me by Sulpicia
My Hated Birthday Is Here, And I Must Go by Sulpicia
On The Road Through Chang-te by Sun Yun-feng
The Trial Up Wu Gorge by Sun Yun-feng
Women by May Swenson
I Am Too Near by Wislawa Szymborska
Mirror by Tada Chimako
Will He Always Love Me? by Taiken Monin Horikawa
O Artemis And Your Virgin Girls by Telesilla
I Am Furious With Myself by Elsa Tio
18 Verses Sung To A Tatar Reed Whistle: 1 by Ts'ai Yen
18 Verses Sung To A Tatar Reed Whistle: 13 by Ts'ai Yen
18 Verses Sung To A Tatar Reed Whistle: 2 by Ts'ai Yen
18 Verses Sung To A Tatar Reed Whistle: 7 by Ts'ai Yen
Nothing But A Man by Nadia Tueni
Would You Come Back If I Said The Earth by Nadia Tueni
...i'd Like To Live With You by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Ars by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 11 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 12 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 3 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 5 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 7 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 8 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
Poem Of The End: 9 by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
We Shall Not Escape Hell by Marina Ivanovna Tzvetayeva
2976 by Julia Uceda
Time Reminded Me by Julia Uceda
At The Beginning Of The Winter A Cold Spirit Comes by Anonymous
Ballad Of The Cool Fountain by Anonymous
Bayati: Death Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Death Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Death Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Love Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Love Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Love Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Love Song by Anonymous
Bayati: Love Song by Anonymous
Be Happy For Me, Girls by Anonymous
A Bright Moon Illumines The Night-prospect by Anonymous
Cambridge Songs, Sels. by Anonymous
Carmina Burana, Sels. by Anonymous
Chippewa Love Song by Anonymous
Cold, Cold The Year Draws To Its End by Anonymous
Conversations In Courtship: Pleasant Songs Of The Sweetheart: 5 by Anonymous
The Corpse-keeper by Anonymous
Dirge by Anonymous
Even Though My Hands by Anonymous
Far Inland %go My Sad Thoughts by Anonymous
A Free Woman. At Last Free! by Anonymous
Hispano-arabic Jarcha: 1 by Anonymous
Hispano-arabic Jarcha: 2 by Anonymous
I Am A Young Girl, Gay by Anonymous
I Find My Love Fishing by Anonymous
I See A Man Who Is Dull by Anonymous
I Think Of Him by Anonymous
I Walk In Loneliness Through The Greenwood by Anonymous
I Want To Be In A Garden With My Love by Anonymous
I Want To Be With My Love In A Garden by Anonymous
I Wish To Paint My Eyes by Anonymous
I'd Run About %on The Desert by Anonymous
Jewish Ballad by Anonymous
Lament For A Husband by Anonymous
Love Song by Anonymous
A Lovely Young Moor by Anonymous
Mother's Song by Anonymous
My Lady Carenza Of The Lovely Body by Anonymous
My Passion Is Like Turbulence At The Head by Anonymous
My Spouse, Chunaychunay, %sweetly You Carry Me by Anonymous
Oh Moon, Oh Moon! by Anonymous
Owl Woman's Death Song by Anonymous
Parting Is Hard, I'll Tell You Twice by Anonymous
Pleasant Songs: 1 by Anonymous
Pleasant Songs: 2 by Anonymous
Pleasant Songs: 3 by Anonymous
Poem To Ease Birth by Anonymous
The Pomegranate Speaks: %my Leaves Are Like Your Teeth by Anonymous
Puberty Rite Dance Song by Anonymous
A Rapier Of Treason by Anonymous
Song by Anonymous
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Song For A Girl On Her First Menstruation by Anonymous
Song Of The Ill-married by Anonymous
Song Of The Lioness Of Her Cub by Anonymous
Song Of The Old Woman by Anonymous
Song To A Lover by Anonymous
The Swallow Sings 'dawn by Anonymous
There He Is! by Anonymous
There Is A Soldier On A Battlefield by Anonymous
Three Friends by Anonymous
Two Gifts by Anonymous
Tze Teg Song: 1 by Anonymous
Tzu Teg Song: 3 by Anonymous
Tzu-teg Song: 2 by Anonymous
Tzu-teg Song: 4 by Anonymous
A Very Handsome Gentleman by Anonymous
When I Was A Good And Quick Little Girl by Anonymous
Widow's Lament by Anonymous
The Wife's Lament by Anonymous
With Every Note %of The Mountain Temple by Anonymous
With Lotus In Bloom by Anonymous
Written On A Leaf by Anonymous
Wulf And Eadwacer by Anonymous
Young Woman's Neo-aramaic Jewish Perisan Blues by Anonymous
My Father's Eye by Eleni Vakalo
Foraging by Jean Valentine
The One You Wanted To Be Is The One You Are by Jean Valentine
Before The Pacific by Blanca Varela
Nobody Will Open The Door For You by Blanca Varela
The Things I Say Are True by Blanca Varela
Friends, %you Are Lucky You Can Talk by Vidya
Please Keep An Eye On My House For A Few Moments by Vidya
After He Stripped Off My Clothes by Villana
Bright Leaf by Ellen Bryant Voigt
Belly Dancer by Diane Wakoski
Blue Monday by Diane Wakoski
Now The Lotuses In The Imperial Lake by Wang Ch'ing-hui
Seeking A Mooring by Wang Wei (17th Century-)
Monogram 23: 1 by Martina Werner
Monogram 23: 2 by Martina Werner
Monogram 29 by Martina Werner
Monogram 4: 1 by Martina Werner
Monogram 4: 2 by Martina Werner
On Being Brought From Africa To America by Phillis Wheatley
To A Gentleman & Lady On The Death ... Child Named Avis by Phillis Wheatley
To Mrs. Leonard, On The Death Of Her Husband by Phillis Wheatley
To S.m., A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works by Phillis Wheatley
To The Right Hon! William Earl Of Dartmouth by Phillis Wheatley
Depost In Rapid City by Roberta Hill Whiteman
Lines For Marking Time by Roberta Hill Whiteman
A Nation Wrapped In Stone by Roberta Hill Whiteman
If He Let Us Go Now by Sherley Anne Williams
The Killing Of The Birds by Sherley Anne Williams
Elizabeth Near And Far: The Stethoscope by Anne Winters
Night Wash by Anne Winters
How I Wish I Had Know by Woman Of Suminoe [pseud.]
The Lady's Resolve by Mary Wortley Montagu
On The Death Of Mrs. Bowles by Mary Wortley Montagu
Bitter Rain In My Courtyard by Wu Tsao
For The Courtesan Ch'ing Lin by Wu Tsao
In The Home Of The Scholar Wu Su-chiang ... by Wu Tsao
4. by Elinor Wylie
The Eagle And The Mole by Elinor Wylie
Prophecy by Elinor Wylie
Sanctuary by Elinor Wylie
Spring Is Short: %why Ever Should It by Yosano Akiko
Tanka by Yosano Akiko
Madness by Yoshihara Sachiko
If You Go Away by Young Woman Of Harima [pseud.]
Answering Li Ying Who Showed Me His Poems ... by Yu Hsuan-chi
At The End Of Spring by Yu Hsuan-chi
Boudoir Lament by Yu Hsuan-chi
Elegy For The Wife Of A Friend by Yu Hsuan-chi
For A Neighbor Girl by Yu Hsuan-chi
For Hidden Mist Pavilion by Yu Hsuan-chi
For Kuo Hsiang by Yu Hsuan-chi
Letting My Feelings Out by Yu Hsuan-chi
Poem To The Tune Riverbank Willows by Yu Hsuan-chi
Regretufl Thoughts: 1 by Yu Hsuan-chi
Regretufl Thoughts: 2 by Yu Hsuan-chi
Rhyming A Friend's Poem by Yu Hsuan-chi
Rhyming With A Friend by Yu Hsuan-chi
Selling Ruined Peonies by Yu Hsuan-chi
Sent To Wen T'ing-yun On A Winter Night by Yu Hsuan-chi
Spring Thoughts Sent To Tzu-an by Yu Hsuan-chi
Staying In The Mountains In Summer by Yu Hsuan-chi
Telling My Feelings by Yu Hsuan-chi
To The Minister Liu by Yu Hsuan-chi
To Tzu-an by Yu Hsuan-chi
Though I Am Laila Of The Persian Romance by Zeb-un-nissa
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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A monument to the literary genius of women throughout the ages, A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now is an invaluable collection. Here in one volume are the works of three hundred poets from six different continents and four millennia. This revised edition includes a newly expanded section of American poets from the colonial era to the present.
"[A] splendid collection of verse by women" (TIME) throughout the ages and around the world; now revised and expanded, with 38 American poets.
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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; Revised ed. edition (April 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805209972
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 6, 2005
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I fell in love with this book when I lived for a time in the Barnstone 'barn' in Bloomington, Indiana, for a term in the early 1980s. I met both Aliki Barnstone, the editor of this text, as well as her father Willis Barnstone, a poet and scholar in his own right. Aliki Barnstone was a published poet as early as the age of nine. This was almost a guarantee for a lifelong love of poetry and literature, which comes through in this collection.

The collection begins in the very beginnings of written literature, with pieces from Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, ancient Hebrew and Aramean literature. It is rare enough for works from these time periods to have any author ascribed at all, and doubly rare for women to be credited as authors, so this represents an important collection. Barnstone also includes some ancient poems from Asian languages such as Chinese later in the collection.

The organisation is not strictly by chronology, but does follow a more-or-less chronological progression both in terms of the overall languages (Sumerian as a language preceded the Latinate languages, which preceded the English language, and so forth), and the primarily chronological listing within the language groups. Thus, one gets modern Hebrew poets in the book prior to the listing of ancient Greek poets such as Sappho and Praxilla.

Some of these more ancient pieces could be questioned editorially - the Song of Deborah (from the biblical book of Judges) and the Magnificat (from the gospel of Luke) are included because they represent women's voices, but may not be originally women's compositions as literary texts.
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I read it ... cover to cover ... a little at a time, over a month perhaps. Poetry suddenly took on another dimension for me. I selected this book because I've read a lot of poetry, and never really had a sense of the unique contribution of women to poetry. After reading this book, I could see that women had contributed entirely new ways to write about their experiences, and very little of it had ever found it's way into the traditional anthologies, such as "Norton's". If you are interested in poetry, this book is really a treasure. If you are a woman, perhaps this book will speak directly to your heart. For me, as a man, this book simply opened up again the amazing diversity of life. I'm truly thankful to Aliki and Willis Barnstone for creating this book.
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By A Customer on February 25, 1999
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Okay, I'll admit that I am not the most educated when it comes to poetry, in spite of my english major. This anthology caught my eye because it spans the history of the written word, as evidenced by the title, and because it focuses on women poets. There are some fantastic poems in here, and it's actually made me appreciate a medium I had little patience with. The editors took on a gargantuan task, and I only wish that there had been a little more room for a greater number of modern poets from other countries. A great resource.
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By A Customer on March 30, 2000
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This is one of my favorite poetry anthologies because it covers such a wide expanse of time and includes women's voices from all over the world. This anthology has introduced me to so many women poets that I otherwise never would have met. It is incredible to realize that women have ALWAYS and everywhere been writing, and I am always inspired by the tradition of my mothers when I read this book. As Sappho said, "Someone, I tell you/ will remember us."
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Really extensive book. I would appreciate slightly more poetic interpretation for the poems originally written in languages other than English, but it's still so extensive that I am very satisfied with it and have enjoyed reading poetry from the oldest poetry ever found (from ancient Sumer) to modern works. Categorized by country then by date written; for instance, the section on Asia spans 2000BC to the 20th century. Intros to the poems are very informative and enjoyable.
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By A Customer on August 20, 1999
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This is my all-time favorite anthology; I give it as a gift whenever I can. I like the idea of presenting voices that have not always gotten the attention they deserve, but even more than that I am amazed at the the sheer range of genius. There's hardly a dud in here.
I particularly love the translation of Marina Tsveteyeva's "Poem of the End." The punctuation so accurately reflects the language and tone. I once saw another translation in one of those "Best Loved Poems of Insipid People" anthologies that was painfully stupid. I wish I could read the Russian original....
Anyway, I can't think of a better resource to introduce you to a wide range of poets you might not otherwise have access to.
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