Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration

Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration


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Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration by Thompson

This memorable collection of writings celebrates the survival and perseverance of women. The project was born in a poetry workshop at a church in Charlotte where, at the urging of her minister, Dorothy Perry Thompson began teaching the art of poetry to a group of women moving from welfare to self-sufficiency. Many were still searching for work and struggling to raise small children on their own, but Dr. Thompson was moved by the power of the women's writings, and by the universal themes that every poem seemed to evoke. She gathered those poems together in a book, and surrounded them with work by some of the most respected poets of our time. Susan B. Ludvigson, Eugene B. Redmond, Gloria Wade Gayles and Dr. Thompson herself join more than 35 others in lifting their voices, sometimes dark, sometimes triumphant, but always strong. Out of the Rough cuts across racial and economic lines to explore the issues that many women face, and to celebrate their spirit and will to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780970897206
Publisher: Novello Festival Press
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

On Labor & Love #36
Unto This Woman13
Webspinning Women15
Woman/Birth Pains16
I Know The Grandmother One Had Hands17
Jackie Among The Sung & The Unsung19
The Thang Gone21
What I Say27
When Your House Is Burning29
Soon After Finishing College And Getting Married30
Freshman Trip31
Dinner Date32
Sister Rose34
C.R. For Nice Girls & Silenced Sisters36
How To Love A Madwomon (1.5.81)37
Our Night Together Wasn't Like38
Hollabird's Hands40
What The Waitress Might Think Of With Love41
From The Deadwoman Poems (ii, iii)42
Wings On Glass45
Click, Click46
White Lines In L.A.48
Appalachia 149
Cheraw, South Carolina50
Blood Walk52
Mother Sea Bathed Me53
Momma Was A Revolutionary54
Strong Women55
False Pregnancy56
Study In Scarlet57
In The Mean Time58
Rough Places60
The Talk62
Blue Lights63
Fade Royale66
Real Lonely67
Rest Date68
A Promise From Venus69
The Only Way Out70
Monday We Wash Our Clothes72
Silver Spoons73
I Didn't Have My Colors Done74
Blue Dress75
The Muff77
Dark Moon Elegy78
Morning Juice79
In The Name80
For Leslie: After The Hurricane, 9/15/9982
Finding The Dance85
In Lety's Eyes87
Before Cancer89
God, After Atheism91
The Prayer of Women92
Contributors' Biographical Notes101
Copyright Page (Extension)107

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