Twenty-five years of prize-winning poetry selected from CALYX Journal. This outstanding collection presents a diversity of poets who illuminate a poetic tradition in women's literature that was submerged during much of the 20th-century. Here women's voices pierce that obscurity with a fierce and dazzling brightness that is expansive, fertile, joyous, and powerful. Included among the more than 50 poets are: Julia Alvarez, Anna Akhmatova, Olga Broumas, Chitra Divakaruni, Marilyn Hacker, Barbara Kingsolver, Sharon Olds, Molly Peacock, Eleanor Wilner, Wislawa Szymborska, and Elizabeth Woody.
The Stream of It
They might say, a white bird in the snow,
And study it for years.
When the lacquer bucket breaks,
water is everywhere.
But water already is everywhere,
& salt; this much I understand
The binding shadow, orange,
of an orange peel;
sky painted through the hip of a cow.
What the painters learn is a river,
eye to hand,
the color of earth & mind the same,
& its shadow.
Still it's an unending struggle
to put it down,
even the best of them leaving
palettes like battlefields-
an unending struggle just to see what is,
when vision keeps breaking like water
across a stone, a constant rushing,
and light is a salmon,
always returning, blindly, to its source.
"From here will come our literary heritage."-John Berry, Editor-in-chief, Library Journal
Margarita Donnelly is a founding editor of CALYX. She received the American Book Award for editing The Forbidden Stitch. She has co-edited four other anthologies for CALYX Books that include: Women and Aging, Florilegia, A Line of Cutting Women, and Bearing Witness/ Sobreviviendo. Beverly McFarland is Senior Editor of CALYX. Micki Reaman is Managing Editor of CALYX....Continua