love belongs to those who do the feeling

love belongs to those who do the feeling

by Judy Grahn
love belongs to those who do the feeling

love belongs to those who do the feeling

by Judy Grahn

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love belongs to those who do the feeling—an exciting collection of new and selected poetry by Judy Grahn.  The book contains selections from Judy's entire body of poetic work from The Work of a Common Woman, The Queen of Wands and The Queen of Swords, to new poems written between 1997 and 2008. Judy's poetry is rangy and provocative.  It has been written at the heart of so many of the important social movements of the last forty years that the proper word is foundational—Judy Grahn's poetry is foundational to the spirit of movement.  People consistently report that Judy's poetry is also uplifting—an unexpected side effect of work that is aimed at the mind as well as the heart. Judy continues to insist that love goes beyond romance, to community, and that community goes beyond the everyday world, to the connective worlds of earth and spirit. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597091213
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 728,857
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(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).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




To the Mother of All Bowls (2004)

selections from Edward the Dyke and Other Poems (1966-1970)

Asking for Ruthie

the harvest spider

the centipede’s poem

in the place where

If you lose your lover

The Marilyn Monroe Poem

Vietnamese woman speaking to an American soldier

I’m not a girl

Elephant Poem

A History of Lesbianism

the big horse woman

The Common Woman Poems  (1969)      


I. Helen, at 9 am, at noon, at 5:15

II. Ella, in a square apron, along Highway 80

III. Nadine, resting on her neighbor’s stoop

IV. Carol in the park, chewing on straws

V. Detroit Annie, hitchhiking

VI. Margaret, seen through her picture window

VII. Vera, from my childhood

selections from She Who (1972-1974)

She Who 

She Who continues


parting on the left

She Who increases/what can be done

the enemies of She Who call her various names

She who bears it

the many minnows

bowl of blood

A Geology Lesson

The woman in three pieces—one

The woman in three pieces—two

The woman in three pieces—three

the most blonde woman in the world

Carol and her crescent wrench

I am the wall at the lip of the water

Foam on the rim of the glass

a funeral/ plainsong from a younger woman to an older woman

Slowly: a plainsong from an older woman to a younger woman

the woman whose head is on fire

selections from Confrontations with the Devil in the Form of Love  (1975)

what do I have if not my 2 hands

Love came along    and saved me saved me

you are what is female

Love is a space which is attracted

Love came along and saved me

Venus, ever since they knocked

Love, you wicked dog

Look at my hands

Love came along and saved

Venus, dear, where are your arms

Ah Love, you smell of petroleum

Love rode 1500 miles on a grey

This is what is so odd

The poverty of Love is when

Young Love

I only have one reason for living

After the boss took over:

Love said:

My name is Judith, meaning

selections from The Queen of Wands  (1980-1982)

They say she is veiled

The land that I grew up on is a rock

A dream of Helen

The meanings in the pattern

Queen Helen

Paris and Helen

One for Helen

Helen’s lover

Old Helen

In the tower of the crone

Helen in Hollywood

The Inheritance

Frigga with Wuotan

Frigga with Hela

The Queen of Wands

The good weef is both

Knit the knot:  a riddle

But I mean any kind of thief

Spider Webster’s declaration:

     He is singing the end of the world again

Helen your beauty:  a chorus

Like a woman in childbirth wailing

Beauty, sleeping (Who shall wake us?)

Grand Grand Mother is returning

selections from The Queen of Swords (1986-1987)

Everyone wants Love to be his own

It isn’t easy being Nothing

Nature doesn’t give a damn

Crow Chorus with Helen

The sky is a sheet of crystal on a day like this

There is more to standing

Amazon chorus (As for what we do with horses)

Her shadow falls across me

I, Boudica

I am Ildreth remembering

A woman among motorcycles

Descent to the Butch of the Realm

Ever wish upon a star?

Thoughts are points of sound/light

The mother of trees is dirt

The Ice Queen

I fell through a hole/in the eye of death

We’ll laugh it off to burrow (in a lighter cloth of time)

Is this what dying is really like?

Dancing in Place

New Poems (1987-2006)

The Vampires of Empire (from women are tired of the ways men bleed)

Forest, forest

Gratitude to you for the food of our abundance

Think what a butterfly (from “Mental”)

Talkers in a Dream Doorway

Margedda’s hair (from Mundane’s World)

Inside Passage

Goddess of wind

Kira and Pete in the ninth month


Mothers, fathers, clasp the children (from women are tired of the ways men bleed)

Gloria, child of Yemanya

When you walk down this road


may we embrace

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