Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation

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Where were you between Betty Crocker and Gloria Steinem? With that question in mind poets Pamela Gemin and Paula Sergi began collecting the poems in Boomer Girls, an anthology of coming-of-age poems written by women born between 1945 and 1964, give or take a few years on either side. The answers to that question fill this volume with the energy, passion, heartbreak, and giddiness of women's lives from childhood to adolescence to middle age.

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Overview

Where were you between Betty Crocker and Gloria Steinem? With that question in mind poets Pamela Gemin and Paula Sergi began collecting the poems in Boomer Girls, an anthology of coming-of-age poems written by women born between 1945 and 1964, give or take a few years on either side. The answers to that question fill this volume with the energy, passion, heartbreak, and giddiness of women's lives from childhood to adolescence to middle age.

The poems in Boomer Girls are by unknown, emerging, and established writers, women who participated in the second wave of feminism. From Sandra Cisneros' "My Wicked Wicked Ways" to Barbara Crooker's "Nearing Menopause, I Run into Elvis at Shoprite," from Wendy Mnookin's "Polio Summer" to Kyoko Mori's "Barbie Says Math Is Hard," these poems call for us to celebrate (in the words of poet Diane Seuss-Brakeman) "glances, romances, beauty and guilt, regret, remorse, rebates and rejuvenations."

Boomer Girls share a common culture, bound by their generation's political history, by pop icons like Barbie—that pedestaled Boomer Girl who's just turned forty—and by the music that's never stopped playing: Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, the Ronettes, Van Morrison, Patsy Cline, John Lennon. The Boomer poets in this feisty anthology speak with diverse voices and embody a wide range of experiences, yet their generation's universal images—the hula hoops, TV shows, finned automobiles, and other household gods of their youth—unite them in ways both hilarious and tender.

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“This rich anthology tracks boomer girls from birth to, well, knowingness…Their poems are about loss, loneliness, violence, and love. The writers in Boomer Girls touch themes that all generations experience but this generation can express for all of us—in ways that quietly-bred Emily Dickinson, say, never could—what it is to be a girl baby, then adolescent, then woman growing up in America.”—Susan Stamberg, NPR's “All Things Considered.”

Maureen Seaton
Boomer Girls rock and rule in this electic collection of the female vernacular. The Progressive
Susan Stamberg
This rich anthology tracks boomer girls from birth to, well, knowingness....Their poems are about loss, loneliness, violence, and love. The writers in Boomer Girls touch themes that all generations experience but this generation can express for all of us--in ways that quietly-bred Emily Dickinson, say, never could--what it is to be a girl baby, then adolescent, then woman growing up in America.
NPR's "All Things Considered"
Peter Skinner
A can't miss, something-for-everyone anthology, Boomer Girls offers 217 poems from 80 poets born in the post- WWII baby-boom decades between 1945 and 1964.
ForeWord
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877456872
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
My Wicked Wicked Ways 3
What Is There 4
If This Is Sex, It Must Be Tuesday 5
Atlantic City Snapshot, 1944 6
Naming 8
True Myth 9
from Fathers in the Snow 10
An Autobiography of an Angel 11
Movie Queens 14
My Mother Makes Me a Geisha Girl 15
Polio Summer 17
The Grammar of Silk 18
Small Gods 20
Blue Milk 21
Our Fathers 22
The Other Language 23
The Planet Krypton 25
Four on a Fold 26
Sleeping Out 27
Summertime 29
Satellite Father 30
Taking the Fences 32
Institutional Blue 34
White Lies 36
Girl 37
The Christmas Show 41
Craving 43
Barbie Says Math Is Hard 45
Traitor 46
First Lessons 49
Catholics 51
Hershey's 53
Looking for God 55
Faith 57
In Levittown, Before Her Mother's Vanity 58
The Age of Unlimited Possibilities 61
Collection Day 63
Queens 1963 64
1958 Fruit Cutting Shed 67
Hula Hoop Summer 68
Sunday Morning 60
Apollo 70
Twelve 71
When Memory Is a Gardenia in Your Stepmother's Hair 72
Coming of Age 74
Creation 75
Apron 79
Getting Out of Where We Came From 81
Crystal Lake 82
Passion Week, 1966 83
Supplies 85
First TV in a Mennonite Family 87
Vacation, 1969 88
Big Sister Says, 1967 89
Basement Slow Dancing 90
To Mary at Thirteen 92
Barn Swallows 93
The Pursuit of Knowledge 95
The Word Made Flesh 96
I wish I could tell you 98
Adolescence-I 99
Adolescence-II 100
Adolescence-III 101
Warts 102
Bird of Paradise 104
The Boy 105
Adolescent Rag: Greece, New York, 1981 106
Mad River 108
Fatima 109
An Afternoon in the World 112
Smoke 114
Stairway to Heaven 116
Janis Joplin 121
Points of No Return 123
Them 125
Lawn Ornaments 126
Senior Picture, 1971 129
Rocket to Russia 131
The Sixties 132
Sunworshippers 133
The first time I almost made love 135
The First Time 136
Ragweed 137
My Mother Taught Me How to Be Poor 139
Father's Advice 141
Rochester, Minnesota, 1965 143
The Philosopher's Club 144
When Van Morrison Sang 146
The Vietnam Birthday Lottery, 1970 148
Fast Gas 150
In Winter Something inside Me Returns as to a Dark God 152
Bridal Rites 153
Marrying the Stranger 154
The Contract / 1968 155
First Snow 156
On the Edge of the Field 158
Claim 163
elaine 164
After the Second Miscarriage 166
Eat 167
Rainy Dawn 168
Sex Ed 169
With Martha at Gig Harbor 170
Screen Test 172
Blue Thread 175
Ice Cabbages 176
What I Know, What I Haven't Begun to Know 178
The Last Borges 180
On Being Born the Same Exact Day of the Same Exact Year as Boy George 182
New Jersey Turnpike: Exit 14 184
Mortal Sins 186
growing into my name 188
Learning Our Names 190
from, Wildsisters Bar 191
Feminism 192
Return to Temptation 194
St. Paul Street Seasonal 196
Sound Flying into and out of My Ears 197
Affirmative Action Blues (1993) 199
Crossroads 201
Sara's Daughters 202
Butterfly 203
Fitness Club: Riding the Lifecycle 205
Trying on Marilyn Monroe's Shoes 206
Nearing Menopause, I Run into Elvis at Shoprite 209
Self-Portrait at Eighty with Twelve-String 210
Let Go 212
Contributors' Notes 215
Permissions 229
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    Wonderful

    A lot of work went in to this beautiful volume. I had the honor to know both editors and appreciate their efforts, honesty, and care for the art of poetry. This is a read for men very much, and since I was born just at the end of the boom I could relate too all of the poems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Boomer Girls

    Starts with a BIG BOOM and goes out with a pop. The book is well worth the money don't get me wrong. Just lost interest halfway through it.

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