Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls

Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls


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A collection of fierce, empowering poems by living, self-identified women writers intended for girls age 12-21. Full of advice, critique, reflection, commiseration, humor, sorrow and rage, this anthology includes poems by some of the most exciting female poets writing and performing today. Courage; Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls will live in lockers, backpacks and under beds for years, its pages reblogged, tattooed, dog-eared and coffee stained.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938912207
Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2014
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist from Seattle, WA.
Finneyfrock is the author of a 2010 Write Bloody poetry collection, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost. She is also the author of the young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, which will be released by Viking Children's Books in 2013.

LA native, Mindy Nettifee is the director of the non-profit Write Now Poetry Society. Nettifee is the author of two poetry collections, Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody, 2010) and Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press, 2006). She is also the author of the informative book, Glitter in the Blood: A Poet's Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing (Write Bloody, fall 2012).

NYC is home to author Rachel McKibbens. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow, the author of Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009) and the lucky mother of five rad people.

Table of Contents

Letter from the Editors 17

Made of Lightning: On Body and Identity

Estephania Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 21

Shoulda been Jimi Savannah Patricia Smith 23

When Tip Drill Comes on at the Frat Party or, When Refusing to Twerk is a Radical form of Self-Love Fatimah Asghar 25

I Sing the Body Electric, Especially When My Power's Out Andrea Gibson 26

Black Girl from Beverly Encounters the Messy Bun Jamila Woods 30

The Last Spell of the Sea Witch Karen Finneyfrock 31

Private Parts Sarah Kay 32

On a Mission Trip to Philadelphia I Begin to Fear the Inside of My Body Tract Brimhall 34

13 Aracelis Girmay 36

The Hurricane Sermons: On Endurance and Truths

Amethyst Rockstar Sara Brickman 39

7 Things I Never Told My Older Sister, Because I Know Better, In Reverse Chronological Order Mindy Nettifee 41

Synonyms for Courage (In the Key of Bipolar) Shira Erlichman 42

Love Thy Neighbor Gypsee Yo Jonida Beqo 44

A Letter to the Playground Bully, From Andrea, Age 8½ Andrea Gibson 48

The Thing I Said That During Gym Shaney Jean Maney 52

Thelma Todd Amber Tamblyn 53

Forest Fires Sarah Kay 56

For Teeth: On Power and Protection

Una Oración Rachel McKibbens 61

Jessica Gypsee Yo Jonida Beqo 62

The First Time I Hit A Boy Mindy Nettifee 64

My Girls Hollis Wong-Wear 65

South America Addresses Her Latest Conquistador April Ranger 68

Poem for Repelling Ghosts Karen Finneyprock 70

December Erica Miriam Fabri 71

Swarm Jeanann Verlee 73

In Case You Ever Need It, It Is Here Daphne Gottlieb 74

How to Eat Sugarcane: On Love and Loss

The Crush Karen Finneyfrock 79

Remembering the Night We Met Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 80

For My Childhood Best Friend, Before She Loses Her Virginity in the Balcony of Our High-School Theater When we Are 14: A One Sided Balcony Scene Sara Brickman 81

The Wild Divine Ada Limón 83

If My Love for You Were An Animal Jennifer L. Knox 84

The First Shira Erlichman 85

1943 Jessica Helen Lopez 86

Are all the Break-Ups In Your Poems Real? Aimee Nezhukumatathil 90

From the Echo Chamber: On Being and Becoming

A Day in the Life of a Woman Sonya Renee 93

13 Ways of Looking At 13 Patricia Smith 94

A Poem for My Breasts Jessica Helen Lopez 99

The Waiting Room of the Gyn Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz 100

First Blood After Franny Choi 101

Eclipse Aimee Nezhukumatathil 102

Count Rachel McKibbens 103

Aubade with a Broken Neck Traci Brimhall 104

Bloodline: On Family and Faith

On Living Aracelis Girmay 107

Dear Mom Fatimah Asghar 108

Mother in Grey Scale Denise Jolly 110

The Tooth Fairy Dorianne Laux 111

Deeper Than Dirt Rachel McKibbens 113

A Faith Like Yours Mayda Del Valle 114

The Fidelity of Calendars Marty McConnell 117

Poem for Aimee Rose April Ranger 119

Mirror Anthems: On Esteem and Exposure

The Fidelity of Seeking Marty McConnell 123

Etymology of the Beauty Shop Jamila Woods 125

Pretty Shanks Jean Maney 128

Alliance Patricia Smith 131

What It's Like for a Brown Girl Jessica Helen Lopez 133

Firefly Sara Brickman 136

The Audition Amber Tamblyn 138

On Withdrawing Franny Choi 140

Bloom Tara Hardy 141

The Wild Language of Stars: On Healing and Living

Daughter Brynn Saito 145

Disciple Mindy Nettifee 147

The Saving Tree Ada Limon 149

I'm Not Ready to Die Yet Aracelis Girmay 150

Oklahoma Jan Richman 153

The Nutritionist Andrea Gibson 154

My, My, My, My, My Tara Hardy 158

Girl with Red Bicycle Gypsee Yo (Jonida Beqo) 160

Get More Courage 161

About The Authors 163

Notes and Acknowledgements 179

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