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The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood
     

The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood

by Patricia Dienstfrey (Editor), Brenda Hillman (Editor), Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Other)
 

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The Grand Permission is a book of deeply enriching and articulate meditations on motherhood and the composition of poetry by practicing poets. The 32 contributors write with originality and commitment about the startling, intense and dynamic connections between motherhood and creative achievement—connections that shed new light on the nature of language and

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The Grand Permission is a book of deeply enriching and articulate meditations on motherhood and the composition of poetry by practicing poets. The 32 contributors write with originality and commitment about the startling, intense and dynamic connections between motherhood and creative achievement—connections that shed new light on the nature of language and genre, the practical life of mothering and the writing vocation. The book combines intimacy of tone and discussion of serious personal issues in new essays written in varied and innovative forms. This wonderful book is an ideal gift for mothers of all ages and creative pursuits, and especially valuable for writers concerned about how life decisions impact artistic choices.

CONTRIBUTORS: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Jill Bialosky, Eavan Boland, Stephanie Brown, Norma Cole, Gillian Conoley, Toi Derricotte, Barbara Einzig, Carolyn Forché, Kathleen Fraser, Susan Gervirtz, Dale Going, Susan Griffin, Mimiko Hahn, Carla Harryman, Fanny Howe, Erica Hunt, Claudia Keelan, Maxine Kumin, Laura Moriarty, Carol Muske, Alice Notley, Alicia Ostriker, Maureen Owen, Frances Phillips, Pam Rehm, Elizabeth Robinson, Camille Roy, Mary Margaret Soan, C.D. Wright.

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“It is an exciting layering of parallel stories, musings, and investigations. The voices are frank, challenging, and intimate. “—Rachel Kubie, Oyster Boy Review
Library Journal
"In exploring motherhood in poetics, would I be considered a domestic poet, and hence a lesser poet of more narrow range?" asks Jill Bialosky in her essay "The One Absolutely Beautiful Thing," which sets the tone for this collection. Eclectic in both tone and treatment, the 32 essays included here address a mother's status as poet and present an intimate and realistic view of the rewards and complexities of combining motherhood and poetics. Evaluating the various ways in which motherhood influences their creative work, many of the writers-among them, Eavan Boland, Toi Derricotte, Carolyn Forch , Fanny Howe, Maxine Kumin, and Alicia Ostriker-discuss the difficulties of finding the time, the energy, and sometimes even the confidence to write. Since the writers represent different generations, their approaches to the subject vary greatly. Hence, editors Dienstfrey (The Woman Without Experiences) and Hillman (Cascadia) have organized the work into four thematic sections (social and historic contexts, genre and representation, language paradigms, and temporal and other crossings). The connection between motherhood and creative achievement has gained greater acceptance in the past 20 years, and this work plays a significant role in continuing the trend. Highly recommended for all academic libraries and large public libraries that support a literature and/or women's studies curriculum.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819566447
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
05/08/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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"Readers should find something provocative and heartening in the diversity of attitudes and issues taken up. This book gives a set of serious, inspiring models for meditations on motherhood, and a propulsive permission for facing the challenges of motherhood and creative work."

-From the foreword, by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

What People are Saying About This

Lynn Keller
“Only in recent decades have numerous women been able to combine being a mother and a poet. These bold and revelatory meditations testify to the significance of that development for the continual reinvention of poetry.”
Ann Vickery
“This invaluable anthology charts major cultural and ethical shifts concerning the once (mutually) exclusive figures of mother and poet. The formally diverse pressures accompanying these simultaneously intimate and public roles are deftly compelling.”

Meet the Author

PATRICIA DIENSTFREY's most recent book of prose-poetry, The Woman Without Experiences (1995), was the winner of the America Award for Fiction. She is a co-founder of Kelsey Street Press. BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of Cascadia (Wesleyan, 2001). She has received many awards, including the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry. RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS is Professor of English at Temple University.

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