Passion. Laughter. Divorce. Mom bodies. Beauty. Truth. Ferocity. Forgiveness. Love. Laundry. From the outstanding to the unexpected, this essential collection will put a lump in your throat, set your soul on fire, and remind you of who you are and how you want to live your life. Edited by acclaimed poet and author Georgia Heard, who became acutely aware of the beauty and power of poetry when working on an anthology of poems to comfort children after September 11th, The Woman in this Poem features the work of both renowned and lesser-known female poets from the past 150 years.
Organized into five thematic sections centered on the topics of Love, Motherhood, Work, Family and Friends, and Balance, this book not only offers wisdom, comfort, reckoning, and redemption to readers of any age or gender, but it also reminds us of how pleasurable and enriching it can be to lose ourselves in the power of well-crafted words.
“This is the collection of poetry we have all been waiting for — honestly, favorite sister poets, in one place, singing out and to each other, astonishing, evocative, domestic, divine, gathered and arranged with breathless precision.”
— Eve Ensler
About the Author:
Georgia Heard is a poet, writer, and educator. She received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. She is one of the founders of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, where she was an adjunct professor and a staff developer in NYC schools. She has published dozens of books on poetry and writing, along with several children’s poetry books, and her poems have been widely anthologized in magazines and books. She has also served on the committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She gives workshops and keynotes at conferences in the US and around the world. She lives in South Florida with her husband and son.