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[Poetry Friday] Woman of Mystery in Angelina Weld Grimke’s “A Mona Lisa”

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Fats here.

In celebration of our theme — Fearless Females, Courageous Women — I’m sharing an excerpt from a poem written by Angelina Weld Grimke. This poem, entitled A Mona Lisa, is part of Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology.

Many thanks to Irene Latham of Live Your Poem for hosting the Poetry Friday round-up!


Modernist Women Poets

Editors: Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp
Publisher: Counterpoint Press (2014)
ISBN: 978-1-61902-110-5



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A Mona Lisa

I should like to creep
Through the long brown grasses
That are your lashes;
I should like to poise
On the very brink
Of the leaf-brown pools
That are your shadowed eyes;
I should like to cleave
Without sound,
Their glimmering waters,
Their unrippled waters,
I should like to sink down
And down
And down . . . .
And deeply drown.


May your weekend be full of surprises!

Fats works at the Circulation Department of the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She is a certified tsundoku, a Japanese slang that describes the act of acquiring books and letting them pile up. When she is not hoarding books, Fats is either goofing around with her cat or playing video games. She is 60% Gryffindor and 40% Ravenclaw.

2 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Woman of Mystery in Angelina Weld Grimke’s “A Mona Lisa”

  1. Powerful piece-thanks for showcasing this poem.


  2. maryleehahn

    Thanks for spotlighting this important poet!


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