#WomenReadWomen2019 Poetry Poetry Friday Reading Themes Warrior Women and Social Justice

[Poetry Friday] Woman As Freedom Fighter

Woman as Freedom Fighter in Not A Muse edited by Kate Rogers and Viki Holmes.

Myra here.

It is my first time this year to join the Poetry Friday community. A month ago we shared that we are doing A Year Of Women Reading Women #WomenReadWomen2019.

As such, the poems that we will be sharing would be in keeping with this, and our quarterly reading themes. For the first quarter of the year, we are celebrating warrior women and social justice.

Thank you to Tabatha Yeats of The Opposite Of Indifference for hosting this week.

Not A Muse: The Inner Lives Of Women, A World Poetry Anthology

Edited by Kate Rogers and Viki Holmes
Published by Haven Books (2009)
ISBN: 988180941X (ISBN13: 9789881809414). Book was borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

Male writers and poets throughout the centuries have turned to a feminine muse as a creative catalyst. But there is much more to us than providing a source of inspiration. Now, the Muse is finding her own voice. 

I chanced upon this book while I was looking for poetry collections on women while at the library. I always claim that books find me, and this one is no exception. The entire book is divided into 12 sections:

  1. Woman as Creator
  2. Woman as Family
  3. Woman as Archetype
  4. Woman as Explorer
  5. Woman as Myth Maker
  6. Woman as Home Maker
  7. Woman as Landscape
  8. Woman as Lover
  9. Woman as Freedom Fighter
  10. Woman as Keeper of Secrets
  11. Woman as Keeper of Memories
  12. Woman Ageing

I anticipate that throughout the year, we would be citing from this anthology. My Poetry Friday offering today is this powerful poem culled from the section Woman as Freedom Fighter in keeping with our reading theme. “Without Hope” is written by Pascale Petit from England. Apparently, she has won multiple writing awards and was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. She also originally trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art. Talk about multi-talented, indeed. I took a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app. Enjoy!

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Woman As Freedom Fighter

  1. Wow. This looks interesting. Heading to the library catalog to see if we have it.

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  2. maryleehahn

    Whoa. Being “force-fed the sky.” What an image!

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  3. andisibley

    “Mashing up the stars into baby gruel” Wow. Thanks for sharing this amazing poem! Those words will stay with me for sure.

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  4. It feels violent, as a woman warrior must be! The book sounds like one to look for, Myra. Thanks for sharing this poem and the book!

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  5. Powerful poem, Myra – and that book looks to be the same. I shall have to look for it in our library system as well.

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  6. What a poem! I looked at the Frida Kahlo painting (Without Hope) because I was curious about her inspiration. It’s intense, but adding the poem to it takes it to another level!
    I’m glad you’ll be sharing more from that book with us.

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