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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Molly Fisk: That Kind of Woman

We try them on as subjects, our mythical forebears,
wondering who we are: Penelope. Persephone. Eve.
Eurydice. Sleeping Beauty, Cassandra, Ophelia, Cinderella.
Barbie.

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Abort. Now.

Sharia law: when laws are created or interpreted based on religion.

June 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: She and My Granddad

Granddad–at war with Grandmama all
my life but drawn to women, always polite–
would have said, Yes ma’am, can’t nobody run her.

May 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Who Needs the Library?

I’ve been looking forward to our book reading in the community associated with “three days of peace and music” in 1968. Woodstock, New York has long been considered a sanctuary … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

Charlotte Turner Smith: On Being Cautioned Against Walking on an Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because It Was Frequented by a Lunatic

In moody sadness, on the giddy brink,
I see him more with envy than fear

April 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives.

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Robertson: The Utopian Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman addressing members of the Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1916 (Photo by Getty)  . Charlotte Perkins Gilman is best known today for ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (1892), a … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Group Intervention: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

“Group” follows three convicted abusers as they confront the attitudes and beliefs that led to their violence, with the help of a compassionate group therapy facilitator. This video won the … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Perspective

The woman who lived here before me was Spanish. I have found her attempts to battle the roaches pasted under the heater and sink, have swept dried beans and rice … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Julie Matthaei: Feminism and Revolution — Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Why we must reach beyond a politics that views feminism as a struggle of women against oppression by men for a solidarity politics that seeks to end all forms of oppression. Orla … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Eileen McCabe: We are all Pro-Choice

Who among us can say that we know another person’s challenges and conscience, and that we can judge for her? On July 9, 2018,  President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh as … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future III

In our time, neighbors posted names and addresses of abortion nurses, doctors; names of doctors’ kids, their schools. One website   ran red with animated blood. Doctors died: Gunn, Britton, … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Yesterday a young man called me sweetheart and then widened his eyes and asked “Is that OK, to call you sweetheart? I call everyone I like sweetheart, even the men.” … Continue reading

June 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Tribal

Grandpa Joe was nearly born in steerage from Palermo, but landed in Texas.   He loved watching Jimmy Durante on TV. The Great Schnozzola, a man of his tribe.   … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

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