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Book Title: Ain't I a Woman! A Book of Women's Poetry From Around the World|
The author of the book: Illona Linthwaite
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Reader ratings: 5.6
Edition: Barnes and Noble
Date of issue: June 15th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780760715987
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 568 KB
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Most people who are going to find this book probably have at least a cursory background in women/race/class studies, and I don't think this book's poems offers many new perspectives from those fields. However, what this book does offer is a plethora of wonderful voices and words from around the world expressing ideas about those fields in particular relation to the "woman experience." Originally created for a one-woman-show (and I think useful to stage performers), the poems, over 150 of them, are generally organized by chronological topic: from youth to old age. It also lists short biographies of the 90+ contributors.
An example poem (excerpt):
Ch'iu Chin, China
"To the Tune 'The River is Red'
The perfume of freedom burns my mind
With grief for my country.
When will we ever be cleansed?
Comrades, I say to you,
Spare no effort, struggle unceasingly,
That at last peace may come to our people.
And jewelled dresses and deformed feet
Will be abandoned.
And one day, all under heaven
Will see beautiful free women,
Blooming like fields of flowers,
And bearing brilliant and noble human beings." (p.158)
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