Hanging On Our Own Bones

Hanging On Our Own Bones

by Judy Grahn
Hanging On Our Own Bones

Hanging On Our Own Bones

by Judy Grahn


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Through these seven narrative poems, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts. Song and poem lamentations have a widespread history from all over the globe and carry a wealth of forms and a few requirements—they must read well out loud, they must address current pressing issues, and they must make every attempt to be truthful. Here Grahn’s steadfast and rhythmic verse directs our eyes to crucial yet often buried tribulations of our times by critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies—all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989036139
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Judy Grahn is a poet, writer, and social theorist. She currently serves as Research Faculty for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. She is former director of Women’s Spirituality MA and Creative Inquiry MFA programs at New College of California. Her books include love belongs to those who do the feeling (Red Hen Press, 2008), Blood, Bread, and Roses (Beacon Press, 1994), and Edward the Dyke and Other Poems (The Women’s Press Collective, 1971), among others.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contemporary Lamentations in Nine Parts 9

A Woman Is Talking to Death (1973) 15

Helen you always were / the factory (1981) 35

Descent to the Roses of a Family (1985) 51

Amazon Rising from the Dust (1986) 71

Women are tired of the ways men bleed (2003) 91

Mental (2005) 111

Crossing (2016) 129


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