- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877459681
- ISBN-13: 978-0877459682
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,578,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Gemin's book embraces women's 'domesticity,' owns it, and stresses its transformative power. Sweeping Beauty explores the role of women in the home place, how they've found both confinement and comfort there, how they've learned from and departed from the lives of their female ancestors who have swept so many floors, baked so much bread, and hung so much wash on the line. The book celebrates 'women's work' and highlights its connection to myths and fables of cultures throughout the world.”--Mary Swander, author of The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles
The poems in Sweeping Beauty are like prequels to an archaeological dig--real voices recording the nature of our lives before the crockery is buried in lava, before the house is tumbled by quake or quiet centuries. The poets in this collection often mix themes of writing with their images of house-work, acknowledging poetry's recognition of our most basic needs and our efforts to resist them, our longing for order and chaos both, our endless fascination with how our lives can be stirred, swept, polished, and then undone all over again. What a treasure--to find these poems which take as their source our daily lives, and discover there profound insight, energy, transformation.”--Betsy Sholl
About the Author
Pamela Gemin is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her poetry collection Vendettas, Charms, and Prayers was a Minnesota Voices Project winner from New Rivers Press. She is editor and co-editor, respectively, of the poetry anthologies Are You Experienced? (Iowa 2003) and Boomer Girls (Iowa 1999).
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poetry from some of the best women poets in this country. The
premise is to have a book of poems concentrated on Women's
Work. These poets cut a wide swath across housework in all its
drudgery, drama and delights. You will find Barbara
Crooker, Dorianne Laux, Lucille Clifton, Julia Alvarez and
Margaret Atwood and many more in this powerful book
Bless my life-its inks
and paperweights and houseplants
fringed with sun.
Give me the quiet, Lord,
I close my eyes
and turn my tongue back for.
Don't feed me too much,
and when I can't decide between love
and what's jammed in the typewriter
or roughed out on the drawing board,
take away the coins I flip
and make me listen: That young man
smiling in my kitchen at me is in love.
With me. That's one door in my house
that opens on more than grief
or dirty sheets or the supermarket
twice a week. It gives on light,
and I, your moth, am beating to get in.
Give us this day, and with no promises
but what we are-two small people
trying to be one-send us out
and say, "That's fine. Light fills your gaps.
Anyone who values fine art, and justice, and is moved by the proof of humanity and its indestructible will to forge beauty from whatever is at hand, has to admire and love this book.