Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment & Healing

Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment & Healing

Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment & Healing

Grabbed: Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment & Healing


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A gender-inclusive anthology of poetry and prose that addresses the physical and psychological act of being “grabbed,” or in any way assaulted.

The #MeToo movement, the infamous Access Hollywood tape, and the depraved and hypocritical actions of celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and other powerful people have caused people all over the nation to speak out in outrage, to express allegiance for the victims of these assaults, and to raise their voices against a culture that has allowed this behavior to continue for too long.

The editors asked writers and poets to add to the conversation about what being “grabbed” means to them in their own experience or in whatever way the word “grabbed” inspired them. What they received are often searing, heart-rending works, ranging in topic from sexual misconduct to racial injustice, from an unwanted caress to rape, expressed in powerful, beautifully crafted prose and poetry.

The writers represented here, some very well known, such as Rita Dove, Jericho Brown, Eileen Miles, Ana Menendez and Sapphire, as well as some newer voices not yet fully discovered, have mined their collective experiences to reveal their most vulnerable moments, and in some cases, to narrate moments that they have had previously been unwilling or unable to speak of. What results is a collection of emotional, hard-hitting pieces that speak to the aftermath of violation—whether mental, emotional, or physical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807071847
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,085,088
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Blanco is the award-winning author of several books. Blanco’s poetry collections include City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and How to Love a Country. He currently serves as the first-ever Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the Obama Foundation’s advisory council.

Caridad Moro is the award-winning author of Visionware. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry. Her poems and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. She is the Associate Editor for the daily online literary journal, SWWIM Every Day.

Nikki Moustaki is the author of the memoir, The Bird Market of Paris. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, along with many other national writing awards. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in various literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks.

Elisa Albo is the author of the poetry collection Passage to America and Each Day More, a collection of elegies. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD By Joyce Maynard
INTRODUCTION By Caridad Moro-Gronlier

What We Did This Year by Freesia McKee
The Truth Is I Never Left You by V. Alexandra Regalado
Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Cardenas
She Said Stop Here by Cynthia White
Found Poem: Chorus to a Girl by Holly Mitchell
Flashbulb Memory by Iris Jamahl Dunkle
Kidnapped Girls by Catherine Gonick
Hitchhiker by Cynthia White
Tuesdays by Yvonne Cassidy
Duplex by Jericho Brown
Sawdust by David Moscovich
Doctor's Office, First Week In This Country by Javier Zamora
Dispatch From My Early 20s by Catherine Esposito Prescott
The Man With The Violin Case by Ruth Behar
Grabbed Villanelle by Catherine Esposito Prescott
Tenement Trick by Vanessa Garcia
Yellow American Women by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello
Popponesset by Eileen Myles
That Autumn Sunday by Gerry La Fermina
Daughter, They'll Use Even Your Own Gaze To Wound You by Beth Ann Fennelly
Bingo Night For Missing and Exploited Children by MB McLatchy
105 Degrees, South by Lucia Leao
Epistle From The Hospital For Harassment by Jenny Molberg
In Support of Violence by Christopher Soto
Creation Story by Mia Leonin
Angel Heart In Istanbul by Caitlin McDonald
Layover by Jericho Brown
When In Madagascar by Vikki Hendricks
The Opposite of Monsters by Laura Lee Huttenbach
The Worlds Words Make by Zoe Welch
In Guiding Dragon-Wasp Behavior Of Deviant Tentacles Beneath The underskirt Of An Unsuspecting Queen by Catherine Moore
The Shape of Other People by Kelly Sundberg

Where To Bow To The Will of The Majority by Jen Karetnick
Women Have Been Trained by Marge Piercy
The Pallor of Survival by Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Like Judith Slaying Holofernes by Paul Tran me too by Nicole Callihan
Girl at The Window by Rhonda J. Nelson
Redemption by Barbra Nightingale
Here's My Pussy by Nicole Callihan
How We Lived by Emma Trelles
Sky by Michael Hettich
Questionnaire For Two Pussies by Maureen Seaton and Denise Duhamel
GB2G4 by Michael Mackin O'Mara
Me Too—The Fall of Man by Cynthia Neely
A Brief History in Pink by Michael Mackin O'Mara
One In Four by David McLoghlin
The Peach Orchard by Rita Dove
Recipe For Resistance by Jen Karetnick
Killing by Miriam Bird Greenberg
Testimony by Denise Duhamel
Words That Know the Sun by Yaddyra Perlalta
Body Politic by Bosch Jones
Speaker of the House by Sapphire
It's Just Words, Folks, It's Just Words by Denise Duhamel


Grope by Jessica Cuellar
At Least I Didn't Rape You by Caridad Moro
Cocoa Beach by Terry Godbey
Crank Caller by Nikki Moustakki
Sweet Sixteen by Terry Godbey
Summer Job, Circa 1997 by Catherine Esposito Prescott
Puerto Rican Pussy by Ana Menendez
Up For Grabs by Maggie Smith
Me Too Limerick with Drum Beats by Brenda Hillman
What She Told Me by Silvia Curbelo
Pink Underpants by Molly Peacock
El Americano in the Mirror by Richard Blanco
Threshold by Julie Marie Wade and Denise Duhamel
When A White Man Attempts to Steal Your Soul by Hari Zyiad
Said The Poet by Jenny Molberg
NY At International Judo Camp by Kyle Lopez
The Gift Rita by Maria Martinez
Date Grape by Freesia McKee
For A Minute There, I Though We Could've Been Happy by Cathleen Chambless


Too Old For That, Now by Caridad Moro
Blackout by Elisa Albo
At Any Age by Elisa Albo
A Root by Annie Finch
The Things Ma Says by Bosch Jones
The Lion Head Belt Buckle by Virgilio Suarez
X Marks The Spot by Oliver Brantome
Those Sundays by Christopher Soto
Learning by Gail Carson Levine
Telling by Ivonne Lamazares
Psych Ward by Colleen Sutton
Because What We Do Does Not Die by Ellen Bass
Gender Bender by Jennifer Michael Hecht
In Memoriam, Ann by Debra Dean
Blindsided by Angela Bonavoglia
First Kiss by Lynne Barrett
Cuban Girls Don't Wear Tampons by Caridad Moro
Seven Times Seven by Trish MacEnulty

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