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Cries of the Spirit More Than 300 Poems in Celebration of Women's Spirituality

ISBN-10: 0807068497
ISBN-13: 9780807068496
Edition: 2000
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Description: Addressing every aspect of a woman's life, including questions of identity and the body, work, illness, death, faith and the earth itself, this is a rich and diverse sourcebook of poetry and prose by historical and contemporary women writers.

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Addressing every aspect of a woman's life, including questions of identity and the body, work, illness, death, faith and the earth itself, this is a rich and diverse sourcebook of poetry and prose by historical and contemporary women writers.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Among her recent works are the bestselling novels, Alias Grace and The Robber Bride, and the short-story collections, Good Bones and Simple Murders and Wilderness Tips. Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

Gwendolyn Brooks is an American poet. She was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 17, 1917. She graduated from Wilson Junior College in Chicago in 1936 and received her L.H.D. (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Columbia College in 1964. Her first poem was published when she was fourteen. In 1950 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Annie Allen; in 1968 she was named Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968. Brooks's earliest poetry reflected the lives of poor urban blacks. Critics acclaimed her writing as city-folk poetry. The New York Times Book Review hailed Brooks for her revelations of the African experience in the United States, particularly her sensitive portraits of black women. In addition, she has also written a book of poetry for children, Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1967) as well as several children's fiction books. Her autobiography Report from Part One was published in 1972. Brooks is the mother of two children.

Sandra Cisneros was born to a Mexican father and a Mexican American mother in Chicago in 1954. Cisneros has worked as a college recruiter, an arts administrator, a teacher to high school dropouts, and a poet. She has also visited numerous colleges around the country as a visiting writer. Cisneros was awarded the Before Columbus American Book award for her collection of stories entitled The House on Mango Street, and is also the author of My Wicked Wicked Ways, a volume of poetry. Cisneros currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York on June 27, 1936. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She attended Howard University, where she majored in drama, for two years before deciding that she would rather write poetry. Her first poetry collection Good Times was published in 1969. During her lifetime, she wrote 11 books of poetry and 20 children's books. She won numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Award for Everett Anderson's Good-bye in 1984, the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 in 2001, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize award in 2007. She was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She died after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses on February 13, 2010 at the age of 73.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
From This We Come
Generations
Poem in September, on My Mother's Birthday
When I Feel Most Like Her
I Go Back to May 1937
Where I'm From
On the Hovander Homestead
The Grandmother Songs
To Jacqueline, Age 2, in Her Great-Grandmother's House
Forgiveness
Giving Back the World
Fury
Daughters
I Am Asking You to Come Back Home
I Stop Writing the Poem
With Stars
The Sleeping
Thrall
Totems: Three Generations
The Woman Who Loved Worms
Pokeberries
Final Disposition
Newborn
Defiance
Hair
Sending the Mare to Auction
Exposure
Refusing Silence
Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School
I Knew I'd Sing
Knowing My Name
Amelia Earhart Rag Doll
Pagan
The Circus of Levitation
Becoming a Nun
The Drum Majorette Marries at Calvary Baptist
The Necessity
Taking In Wash
Untitled
How She Was Saved
Jeanne d'Arc
The Right Thing
Desperate Measures
The Terms of Endurance
Crossing
Hawks
Identity
Primer (excerpt)
Portrait d'une Femme
A Woman Alone
Variation on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1)
Defining It For Vanessa
Arms (excerpt)
Teresa of Avila
The Rockettes
Skylights
Naming the Animals
Consorting with Angels
Invisibility Poem: Lesbian
We All Have Many Chances
Power Failure
I Was Born
Turning
It was a dream
The Daughter Who Sings
With Apologies to Nancy Drew
The Stammer
Daystar
All These Dreams
By This We Live
The Earth and Her Creatures
My Mother
For a Wedding on Mount Tamalpais
Happiness
The Love of Aged Horses
The earth is a living thing
Among the Cows
The Lull
Jug Brook
Bats
Demeter
The Summer Day
Wild Geese
The Fallen
Other, Sister, Twin
Muskogee
Prayer
Poem
Credo
The Filbert Orchard
Burdock
The Body
Making Tortillas
Strung
Surviving
The Laundromat
The Dieter's Daughter
Love the human
Song at midnight
Smell
Tits
This Part of Your Body
Night Sweat
The Lesson
Skin
Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing
To Those of My Sisters Who Kept Their Naturals
Women's Aerobics Class
Eve Falling
Simple Blessings
Little Things
Challah
Stranded in Mobridge by a Spring Blizzard
Must We Train Ourselves to Be as Doves
Groundhog Day
Winter Light
Friday Afternoon: The Rabbi's Wife
Ella, in a Square Apron, Along Highway 80
Washing Sheets in July
Happiness
Yard Sale
In the Kitchen We String Beans
Each Thing Measured by the Same Sun
Except for Laura Secord (or Famous Women from Canada's Past)
A Hardware Store As Proof of the Existence of God
Salvadoran Salsa
To Make History
Love, Family, Friendship
Every Fact Is a Field
For Jan, in Bar Maria
Yellow Roses
Sunday Night, Driving Home
Easter Sunday, 1955
Recalling The Family Group, a Sculpture by Henry Moore
A Letter from Margaret to Her Sister
Variation on the Door
At the Cafe Saint Jacques
Negative Space
Motion
The Lost Bells of Heaven
Attraction
Fishing Seahorse Reef
Daylily
China
The Dancers
Variation on the Word Sleep
Ecstasy
Cathay
Personal Ad
Seduction
Harlem
Secure
Familiar
For My Husband Sleeping Alone
Dulzura
Wish
Poem in Praise of My Husband
The Garden
Wanting All
Shazam
You Lay Between Us From April Until July
The Summit of Wives
Divorce
Divorce
Bitch
Answered Prayers
From Fullness We Give
Conception and Birthing
To My Still-Unconceived Daughter
The Name of My Daughter
Infertility
Could It Have Been the Fine Thread?
The Premonition
Middle Child
Miscarriage
Bone Poem
Creation
The Run of Silvers
Elena at Five Years
Annunciation
Hymn
Toward the Music
Stone Fruit
And I am a lucky woman
Margaret Fuller in the Abruzzi Mountains, June 1848
Incarnation
For Alva Benson, And For Those Who Have Learned To Speak
Mothering
Pastoral
Collage: Mother, Daughter, Child, and Book
In the Ocean
There are times in life when one does the right thing
For my husband's mother
Letter to the Children
The Meaning of Bones
When Persephone Leaves
The Boston School of Cooking Cookbook
The Power in My Mother's Arms
Elinor Frost's Marble-topped Kneading Table
Surviving (excerpt)
Signing My Name
The Silver Shoes
Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park
Eve of the Longest Day
Seeing the Aurora with Emily
Illness
February Letter
Locked Ward, Newtown, Connecticut
Still
Mammogram
Two
The Line
Scar
The Man of Many L's
Winter-Seeming Summer
The Woman Who Could Not Live with Her Faulty Heart
Praying to Big Jack
When I Understood
Naked Ladies
For Jan as the End Draws Near
Go Gentle
Mid-American Tragedy
Close to Death
Red Poppy
Death
Food Chain
The Great Blue Heron
Between Losses
Burying the Past
The Legacy
Living with the Dead
Listening
Salt
Retrospect in the Kitchen
My Cousin Dancing
Summation
Paradise
Infinite Room
Another Elegy
Health
Girlfriend
In Memory: After a Friend's Sudden Death
Aging
Aging Female Poet on Laundry Day
Aging Female Poet Sits on the Balcony
Cross Currents
Dogwoods at Forty-One
The Power of Place
Poem for the Old Woman I Am Becoming
The Crows
Untitled
The Gloves
Grace Enters Armageddon
All My Friends' Pets Are Growing Old
The Lovers at Eighty
Bird Lady
At the Roosevelt Baths
Gather
When She Laughs
Hunchback
The Bird Woman
We Bless Those Who Follow
Compassion
Learning CPR
Back from the City
Choice
Sickness
Solitary
Selective Service
The Argument, 1973
Blood
The Use of Fiction
Painting of a White Gate and Sky
Vespers
Bread and Water
Can't Tell
Women Bathing at Bergen-Belsen
Memorial Day
Bob
Easter: The Lame Bull
News Report, September 1991
January 1991
The Woman Hanging From The Thirteenth Floor Window
The Adamsons' Peacocks
Near Roscoe and Coldwater (excerpt)
The Weighing
Touched
Work
The Piemaker
Portraits in Contradiction
Restaurant
The Magician
Living in the Barn
Night Shift at the Fruit Cannery
The Women Always Wave the Flags
Why I Make the Best Barrels
A Woman in a Car Driving
The Lesson
Gertrude Kasebier
Call the Interval Happiness
God and the Artists' Colony
Risk
My Poems
Work
Ars Poetica Feminae (excerpt)
Woman of Light
Mother Notes for Elaine
Poet's Manual
For Those Whom the Gods Love Less
Poem White Page White Page Poem
Who
Partings
Making a Fist
The Hermit
Snowdrops
An Act of Faith
Meatballs
The Whale
The Well
The Sky Could Send You
In Memory
Growing Light
The Healing Time
Courage
The Door
Nothing
Credits
Subject Index
Index of Contributors

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