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"THE GENTLEMAN'S STUDY, IN ANSWER TO THE LADY'S DRESSING-ROOM", by MISS" "W---- [PSEUD.]    Poem Text            
First Line: "some write of angels, some of goddess"
Last Line: "they are still fulsome, wretched man"
Alternate Author Name(s): "w----, Miss;
Subject(s): "man-woman Relationships;men;swift, Jonathan (1667-1745);women's Rights;" Male-female Relations;feminism


A BALLAD OF FAIR LADIES IN REVOLT, by GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See the sweet women, friend, that lean beneath
Last Line: He who's for us, for him are we!
Subject(s): Debates; Women's Rights; Feminism


A FATHER OF WOMEN: AD SOROREM E. B., by ALICE MEYNELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our father works in us
Last Line: Now that your sons are dust.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meynell, Wilfrid, Mrs.; Thompson, Alice Christina
Subject(s): Butler, Elizabeth Thompson (1844-1933); Fathers & Daughters; Women's Rights; Feminism


A LAY OF THE TAMBOUR FRAME, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bending with straining eyes
Last Line: She is ever the same.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Women's Rights; Work; Workers; Feminism


A LONG LINE OF DOCTORS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mother, picked for jury duty, managed to get through
Last Line: She knows him indispensable. Like voltaire.
Subject(s): Dentists; Guilt; Mothers; Trials; Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet De; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


A LOYAL WOMAN'S NO, by LUCY LARCOM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No! Is my answer from this cold
Last Line: Take my life's silence for your answer: no!
Subject(s): Evil; Freedom; Loyalty; Marriage; Women's Rights; Liberty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


A MIRROR FOR DETRACTORS. ADDRESSED TO A FRIEND, by ESTHER LEWIS    Poem Text            
First Line: This wit was with experience bought
Last Line: And smile upon my humble flight.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sylvia; Clark, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


A MONTH IN SUMMER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Several years ago, I wrote haiku in this way
Last Line: "is that what is meant by dwelling in unreality? And here too I end my words."
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Family Life; Japan; Love Affairs; Poetry & Poets; Solitude; Summer; Women; Women's Rights; Relatives; Japanese; Loneliness; Feminism


A MUSE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The baby was wakened from her afternoon nap today by a fierce
Last Line: I wrote the poems for her. I still do.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Discontent; Mothers & Daughters; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Inspiration; Creativity; Dissatisfaction; Feminism


A MUSE OF WATER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We who must act as handmaidens
Last Line: Is water deep enough to drown.
Subject(s): Literary Form; Lowell, Robert (1917-1977); Man-woman Relationships; Muses; Sea; Water; Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Ocean; Feminism


A POET RECOGNIZING THE ECHO OF THE VOICE, by DIANE WAKOSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We are burning
Subject(s): Absence; Beauty; Identity; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism


A POET'S HOUSEHOLD, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The stout poet tiptoes
Last Line: Is chanting words to himself.
Subject(s): Family Life; Poetry & Poets; Roethke, Theodore (1908-1963); Women; Women's Rights; Relatives; Feminism


A POLICEMAN'S LOT, by WENDY COPE                Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, once I was a policeman young and merry
Subject(s): Gilbert, Sir William S. (1836-1911); Hughes, Ted (1930-1998); Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Hughes, Edward James; Male-female Relations; Feminism


A REGULAR GIRL, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Say, what do you mean by a regular girl?
Last Line: And a regular mother as well.
Subject(s): Admiration; Marriage; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


A REPLY FROM HIS COY MISTRESS, by ANNIE FINCH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sir, I am not a bird of prey
Last Line: You've all our lives to praise the rest
Variant Title(s): Coy Mistress
Subject(s): Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678); Poetry & Poets; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


A SONG FOR MURIEL, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: No one explains me because
Last Line: To see how they get it wrong.
Subject(s): Death; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Dead, The; Feminism


A SONG FOR WOMEN, by ANNIE MATHESON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Within a dreary narrow room
Last Line: The meadow pool is smooth as glass.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


A SYNOPSIS OF LORD LYTTLETON'S 'ADVICE TO A LADY', by MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Be plain in dress and sober in your diet
Last Line: In short my dearee, kiss me, and be quiet.
Alternate Author Name(s): Montagu, Mary Wortley; Pierrepont, Mary
Subject(s): Lyttleton, George. 1st Baron Lyttleton; Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


A WIDOW IN WINTERTIME, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Last night a baby gargled in the throes
Last Line: Or waken in a caterwaul of dying.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Self-consciousness; Widows & Widowers; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ADVICE GRATIS TO CERTAIN WOMEN, BY A WOMAN, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O, my strong-minded sisters, aspiring to vote
Last Line: You can cease to be babies, nor try to be men!
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


AFTER BASHO, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tentatively, you
Last Line: Pallid, famous moon.
Subject(s): Moon; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AFTER BAUDELAIRE, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I am bored in america
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AFTERNOON HAPPINESS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At a party I spy a handsome psychiatrist
Last Line: There is only this useless happiness as gift.
Subject(s): Happiness; Love; Poetry & Poets; Psychiatry; Women; Women's Rights; Joy; Delight; Psychiatrists; Feminism


AFTERTHOUGHTS OF DONNA ELVIRA, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You, after all, were good
Last Line: Or else we have never been born.
Subject(s): Love; Praise; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


AMUSING OUR DAUGHTERS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: We don't lack people here on the northern coast
Last Line: Sending our messages over the mountains and waters.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Creeley, Robert (B. 1926); Daughters; Death; Guests; Po Chu-yi (772-846); Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Visiting; Feminism


AN AMERICAN BEAUTY; FOR ANN LONDON, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As you described your mastectomy in calm detail
Last Line: Your last wedding day.
Subject(s): Biography; Death; Friendship; Surgery; Women; Women's Rights; Biographers; Dead, The; Feminism


AN APOLOGY, by DIANE WAKOSKI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Past exchanges have left orbits of rain around my face
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


ANNIVERSARIES: CLAREMONT AVENUE, FROM 1945, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm sitting on a bench at one hundred and fifteenth
Last Line: No place to go.
Subject(s): Chinese Language; Death; Grief; Memory; Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945); Teaching & Teachers; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Educators; Professors; Feminism


ANOTHER OBITUARY, by MARGE PIERCY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We were filled with the strong wine
Subject(s): Rich, Adrienne (1929-2012); Women's Rights; Feminism


ANOTHER STAR, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are five a-light before us
Last Line: The baby, the home!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


ANTIQUE FATHER, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: There is something
Last Line: If you ever knew
Subject(s): Fathers; Fathers & Daughters; Secrets; Silence; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ARK, by LINDA PASTAN                Poet's Biography
First Line: We all know
Last Line: We all know
Subject(s): Arks; Noah (Bible); Rites & Ceremonies; Jews; Women's Rights


ARTHUR'S PARTY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I came with some trepidation to your vernissage
Last Line: Fingered you young, as we played in our garage.
Subject(s): Children; Poetry & Poets; Success; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Feminism


ASTIGMATISM, by AMY LOWELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The poet took his walking-stick
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Pound, Ezra (1885-1972); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


AUNT JENNIFER'S TIGERS, by ADRIENNE CECILE RICH            Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Aunt jennifer's tigers prance across a screen
Subject(s): Animals; Aunts; Imagination; Love - Marital; Tapestries; Tigers; Women's Rights; Fancy; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Feminism


BEATRICE, by SARA TEASDALE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Send out the singers - let the room be still
Last Line: O lift me up and I shall reach the sun!
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


BIRTHDAY POEM FOR A CHILDLESS MAN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the birthday of your death
Last Line: You make a birthday of my death.
Subject(s): Birth; Childlessness; Death; Women; Women's Rights; Child Birth; Midwifery; Dead, The; Feminism


BITCH, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, when he and I meet, after all these years
Last Line: "saying, ""good-bye! Good-bye! Nice to have seen you again."
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Ill-tempered; Language; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Words; Vocabulary; Feminism


BOYS WILL BE BOYS, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Boys will be boys,' and boys have had their day
Last Line: In love and truth.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Boys; Women's Rights; Feminism


BREED, WOMEN, BREED, by LUCIA TRENT    Poem Text            
First Line: Breed, little mothers
Last Line: Breed, women, breed!
Alternate Author Name(s): Cheyney, Mrs. Ralph; Glass, Mrs. Ernest
Subject(s): Social Protest; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


BRIDEGROOM, by ANNA WICKHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Man I shall beget tomorrow
Last Line: Can I then be free?
Alternate Author Name(s): Hepburn, Patrick, Mrs.
Subject(s): Marriage; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


BY THE RIVERSIDE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I lived at a riverside
Last Line: Only to me. The numbers have not changed.
Subject(s): Native Americans; Telephone Directories; Women; Women's Rights; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Feminism


CHILDREN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What good are children anyhow?
Last Line: "the way they call him, ""baby."
Subject(s): Childlessness; Children; Cynicism; Discontent; Parents; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Dissatisfaction; Parenthood; Feminism


CINDERELLA, by OLGA BROUMAS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Apart from my sisters, estranged
Last Line: For her joyful heart.
Subject(s): Cinderella; Fairy Tales; Mythology - Classical; Oppression; Sexton, Anne (1928-1974); Solitude; Women's Rights; Loneliness; Feminism


COLUMNS AND CARYATIDS: 1. THE WIFE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am lot's pillar, caught in turning
Last Line: "god's chastisement and derision."
Subject(s): God; Gomorrah; Lot (Bible); Marriage; Punishment; Salt; Sodom; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


COLUMNS AND CARYATIDS: 2. THE MOTHER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am god's pillar, caught in raising
Last Line: "I lift and I listen. I eat god's peace."
Subject(s): God; Mothers; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


COLUMNS AND CARYATIDS: 3. THE LOVER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am your pillar that has fallen
Last Line: And ache, and ache for that lost limb forever.
Subject(s): Rape; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


COMING, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Because the time is ripe, the age is ready
Last Line: Comes woman to her hour.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


COMPLEX AUTUMNAL, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I let the smoke out of the windows
Last Line: With the sound of the fall in the air.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Women; Women's Rights; Fall; Feminism


CONTRABAND, by AVENELLE WILMETH BLAIR    Poem Text            
First Line: A woman should think of strikes, in these hard times
Last Line: Dear ... I apologize!
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Fleaneck, n.J.: the convicted felon, henry pflug, was drawn and
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Punishment; Women; Women's Rights; Movies; Cinema; Feminism


CULTURAL EVOLUTION; AFTER POPE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When from his cave, young mao in his youthful mind
Last Line: Marx and confucius turned out much the same.
Subject(s): China; Communism; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


CUPID AND VENUS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From bar to bar, from curb to curb I run
Last Line: As the kid, her blind pimp, eggs me on.
Subject(s): Cupid; Love; Mythology - Classical; Venus (Goddess); Women; Women's Rights; Eros; Feminism


DANGEROUS GAMES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I fly a black kite on a long string
Last Line: Trembling on an aphid-riddled leaf.
Subject(s): Games; Kites; Women; Women's Rights; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Feminism


DAYS OF 1986, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He was believed by his peers to be an important poet
Last Line: And rejoice at the inner voice, so lofty and pure.
Subject(s): Death; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


DEDICATION OF THE COOK, by ANNA WICKHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If any ask why there's no great she-poet
Last Line: Will blossom from the ashes of my kitchen!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hepburn, Patrick, Mrs.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Feminism


DIDO OF TUNISIA, by PHYLLIS MCGINLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I had heard of these things before - of chariots rumbling
Last Line: That men might struggle and fall, and not for love
Alternate Author Name(s): Hayden, Charles, Mrs.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Women's Rights; World War Ii; Male-female Relations; Vergil; Feminism; Second World War


DIXIT INSIPIENS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At first, it was only a trickle
Last Line: If only disbelief was more like faith.
Subject(s): Atheism; Religion; Science; Spirituality; Women; Women's Rights; Theology; Scientists; Feminism


DOROTHY'S DOWER, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My sweetest dorothy,' said john
Last Line: "went for cigars and brandy!"
Subject(s): Marriage; Money; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


DREAM OF A LARGE LADY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The large lady laboriously climbs
Last Line: Painted by the sun against the sky.
Subject(s): Guns; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


DRESSES: FOUR OF MINE FOR NAIMA BALAHI, by HETTIE JONES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So narrow they seem sewn
Last Line: Unable to wear them, unable to part with them
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Women's Rights


ELECTION DAY, 1984, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Did you ever see someone coldcock a blind nun?
Last Line: If evil could be safer, on the whole.
Subject(s): Elections; Evil; Ignorance; Politics & Government; Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1911-2004)); Women; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Dullness; Stupdity; Feminism


ELEGIAC SONNET: 57. TO DEPENDENCE, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dependence! Heavy, heavy are thy chains
Last Line: Still to the mountain nymph may offer mine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


ELEUTHERIA, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She was named eleutheria
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Fathers & Sons; Freedom; Marriage; Relationships; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Child Abuse; Liberty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


ELEVENS, by MARILYN HACKER                Poet's Biography
First Line: James a. Wright, my difficult older brother
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Wright, James (1927-1980); Male-female Relations; Feminism


ENOUGH SAID, by CLARK MCADAMS    Poem Text            
First Line: Votes for women
Last Line: Tells the tale.
Subject(s): Disasters; Ships & Shipping; Shipwrecks; Titanic (Ship); Women's Rights; Feminism


EPILOGUE, by FRANCES TALBOT    Poem Text            
First Line: And must I then -- the fatal knot once tied
Last Line: To crown our triumph as the curtain falls.
Alternate Author Name(s): Morley, Countess Of
Subject(s): Marriage; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


EPISTLES ON THE CHARACTER AND CONDITION OF WOMEN: 1, by LUCY AIKEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hear, o my friend, my anna, nor disdain
Last Line: Be hushed, my plaintive lyre! My listening friend, adieu!
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Lucy
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


EPISTLES ON THE CHARACTER AND CONDITION OF WOMEN: 2, by LUCY AIKEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more my muse uplifts her drooping eye
Last Line: Proves every mode of female servitude.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Lucy
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


EPISTLES ON THE CHARACTER AND CONDITION OF WOMEN: 3, by LUCY AIKEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye heaven-taught bards, who first for human woe
Last Line: Thou, my calm friend, thou moralize the rest.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Lucy
Subject(s): Martyrs; Rome, Italy; Women's Rights; Feminism


EPITAPH, by MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies john hughes and sarah drew
Last Line: For pope has wrote upon their tomb.
Alternate Author Name(s): Montagu, Mary Wortley; Pierrepont, Mary
Subject(s): Death; Epitaphs; Lightning; Man-woman Relationships; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744); Women's Rights; Dead, The; Lightning Rods; Male-female Relations; Feminism


EPITHALAMION, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You left me gasping on the shore
Last Line: A milky flank, a drowned, reviving face.
Subject(s): Marriage; Mermaids & Mermen; Sea; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Ocean; Feminism


EQUALITY, by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The beautiful dancing-women wove their maze
Last Line: "shall be as all the saints are, in the dust."
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Lust; Seduction; Theater & Theaters; Women's Rights; Stage Life; Feminism


ETYMOLOGY, by OLGA BROUMAS                Poet's Biography
First Line: I understand her well because I too practice love
Last Line: That is a larger that.
Subject(s): Faith; Language; Love; Mythology - Classical; Violence; Women's Rights; Belief; Creed; Words; Vocabulary; Feminism


EVE TO HER DAUGHTERS, by JUDITH WRIGHT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It was not I who began it
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Women's Rights; Eve; Feminism


EXODUS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We are coming down the pike
Last Line: As you come down the pike?
Subject(s): Hiking; Walking; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FEARFUL WOMEN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Arms and the girl I sing -- o rare
Last Line: It's not from you we learned to be magnanimous.
Subject(s): History; Women; Women's Rights; Historians; Feminism


FEMALE EDUCATION; ADDRESSED TO A SOUTH AMERICAN POET, by LYDIA HUNTLEY SIGOURNEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou, of the living lyre
Last Line: That mocks the blight of time.
Subject(s): De La Cruz, Juana Ines (1648-1695); Freedom; Nature; Wisdom; Women's Rights; Liberty; Feminism


FEMALES, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The female fox she is a fox
Last Line: As truly as the male.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


FEMINIST POEM NUMBER ONE, by ELIZABETH ALEXANDER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes I have dreams where I am rescued by men
Last Line: All of it, all of it, under one roof
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


FIN-DE-SIECLE BLUES, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: At seventeen I'm told to write a paper
Last Line: Seize the day.
Subject(s): Morality; Philosophy & Philosophers; Poetry & Poets; Politics & Government; Tyranny & Tyrants; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Ethics; Dictators; Feminism


FINAL MEETING; FOR JAMES WRIGHT, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Old friend, I dressed in my very best
Last Line: Banked in the gutters with old snow.
Subject(s): Death; Farewell; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Wright, James (1927-1980); Dead, The; Parting; Feminism


FOOD OF LOVE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm going to murder you with love
Last Line: And you'll begin to die again.
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Gluttony; Love; Men; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR A GODCHILD, REGINA, ON THE OCCASION OF HER FIRST LOVE, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Blood sister / our fingers join beneath the veins
Last Line: & walk under the cool trees
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR FEAR, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For fear of prowling beasts at night
Last Line: Garden and home.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Fear; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


FOR JAN AS THE END DRAWS NEAR, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We never believed in safety
Last Line: The present is this poem, o my dear.
Subject(s): Aging; California; Friendship; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR JAN, IN BAR MARIA, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Though it's true we were young girls when we met
Last Line: They call us janna and carolina, those two mad straniere.
Subject(s): Aging; Chinese Literature; Friendship; Po Chu-yi (772-846); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FOR MY DAUGHTER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It was lingering summer
Last Line: I thank your star, and you.
Subject(s): Birth; Mothers & Daughters; Pregnancy; Women; Women's Rights; Child Birth; Midwifery; Feminism


FOR SAPPHO / AFTER SAPPHO, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: And you sang eloquently
Last Line: For this moment only
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Poetry & Poets; Sappho (610-580 B.c.); Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Feminism


FROM AN ARTIST'S HOUSE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A bundle of twigs
Last Line: On twenty sheets of paper.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Houses; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, by JUNE JORDAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Natural order is being restored
Last Line: Exploding like the seeds of a natural disorder
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


GERDA, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Down the long curving walk you trudge to the street
Last Line: Gerda, come back, to nurse your desolate child.
Subject(s): Abandonment; Caregivers; Children; Household Employees; Women; Women's Rights; Desertion; Childhood; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


GETTING AND SPENDING, by LINDA GREGERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Property; Feminism; Possessions


GIRLS OF TODAY, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Girls of today! Give ear!
Last Line: Is the strongest thing in life!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


HAG OF BEARE (CAILLECH BERRI), by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I ebb like the ocean
Subject(s): Irish Language; Poetry & Poets; Translating & Interpreting; Women's Rights; Gaelic; Feminism


HALATION, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My dear, you moved so rapidly through my life
Last Line: Scored by the years, focused last, and free.
Subject(s): Love; Memory; Paintings & Painters; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


HAPPY WOMEN, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Impatient women, as you wait
Last Line: Pray for all lonesome souls to-night!
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


HEART'S LIMBO, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I thrust my heart, in danger of decay
Last Line: Give me your heart to hold.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


HELIODORA, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He and I sought together
Last Line: "is a lily kissed."
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Man-woman Relationships; Meleager (100 B.c.); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


HEMATITE HEIRLOOM LIVES ON (MAYBE DECEMBER 1980), by ALICE NOTLEY    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw him bleeding but I thought all blood was a dream
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Love - Complaints; Relationships; Feminism


HERA, HUNG FROM THE SKY, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: I hang by my heels from the sky
Last Line: I dangle, drowned in fire.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Prisons & Prisoners; Women; Women's Rights; Convicts; Feminism


HESTER'S SONG, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I rode you piggy back
Last Line: Ever to come of alchemy
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


HIDING OUR LOVE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Never believe I leave you
Last Line: Hiding our aromatic, vulnerable love.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Love; Secrets; Women; Women's Rights; Wu, Emperor (140-87 B.c.); Feminism


HORSEBACK, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Never afraid of those huge creatures
Last Line: I just wanted to tell you about it, ray.
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988); Horseback Riding; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Feminism


HOW IT PASSES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tomorrow I'll begin to cook like mother
Last Line: It won't go away.
Subject(s): Aging; Creative Ability; Parents; Women; Women's Rights; Inspiration; Creativity; Parenthood; Feminism


HSUEH T'AO (768-831): WEAVING LOVE-KNOTS, 2, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two hearts: two blades of grass I braid together
Last Line: My fingers plait the same grasses, over and over
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Love – Absebce Of; Feminism


HSUEH T'AO (768-831): WEAVING LOVE-KNOTS,1, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Daily the wind-flowers age, and so do I
Last Line: My fingers plait the same grasses, over and over
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Aging; Feminism


HUSBAND, HUSBAND, CEASE YOUR STRIFE, by ROBERT BURNS                Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Marriage; Women's Rights


HYMN FOR EQUAL SUFFRAGE, by PERCY MACKAYE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They have strewn the burning hearths of man with / darkness and with mire
Last Line: When mothers of men are free.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mackaye, Percy Wallace
Subject(s): Elections; Human Rights; Justice; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


HYPOCRITE SWIFT, by LOUISE BOGAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hypocrite swift now takes an eldest daughter
Last Line: The parquet shines; outside the snow falls deep
Alternate Author Name(s): Holden, Raymond, Mrs.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


IN HELL WITH VIRG AND DAN: CANTO 17, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yo, dan, just give a look at this repulsive creature
Last Line: And, man, when it unloads, it's outta there, like gone.
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Translating & Interpreting; Virgil (70-19 B.c.); Women; Women's Rights; Vergil; Feminism


IN PRAISE OF WOMEN, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: I am light as any roe
Last Line: "thereto she put all her might, / and yet she hath both care and woe"
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


IN THE FIRST STANZA, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: First, I tell you who I am
Last Line: I tell you who I am.
Subject(s): Identity; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


IN THE MEN'S ROOM(S), by MARGE PIERCY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was young I believed in intellectual conversation:
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


IN THE NIGHT, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are spirit presences
Last Line: And sense the mist rising.
Subject(s): Death; Fear; Life; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


INDEX, A MOUNTAIN; PART OF THE CASCADE RANGE, WASHINGTON STATE, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Early one day a mountain uprose, all cased in silver
Last Line: Serve as god's tombstone. Have no green mercy on us.
Subject(s): Cascade Range; Fingers; Lumber & Lumbering; Travel; Washington (State); Women; Women's Rights; Woodsmen; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


INGATHERING, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The poets are going home now
Last Line: The patient earth that is waiting to receive you.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Poetry & Poets; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); War; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD, by EAVAN BOLAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our way of life
Last Line: Coming home
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights


JACOB, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He dwelt among 'apartments let'
Last Line: The difference to me!
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Women's Rights; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850); Male-female Relations; Feminism


JILL'S TOES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When you were born / on each pink foot
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LAIS, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let her who walks in paphos
Last Line: Wishing to see that face and finding this.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Man-woman Relationships; Plato (428-348 B.c.); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


LAMENT FOR A TURKISH SUICIDE AGE 22, by HETTIE JONES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What she wanted was more
Last Line: And left the facric / of her brief life
Subject(s): Turkey; Women's Rights; Suicide


LETTER FROM LESBIA,, by DOROTHY PARKER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: ...So, praise the gods, catullus is away!
Last Line: The stupid fool! I've always hated birds….
Alternate Author Name(s): Rothschild, Dorothy
Subject(s): Catullus, Gaius Valerius (84-54 B.c.); Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


LIGHT LOVER, by ALINE MURRAY KILMER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why don't you go back to the sea, my dear?
Last Line: Oh, I think you had better go back to the sea!
Alternate Author Name(s): Kilmer, Joyce, Mrs.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Masefield, John (1878-1967); Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Seamen; Sails; Ocean; Feminism


LINES TO ACCOMPANY FLOWERS FOR EVE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The florist was told, cyclamen or azalea
Last Line: Though once we lay and waited for a death.
Subject(s): Cities; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Flowers; Hospitals; Women; Women's Rights; Urban Life; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin; Feminism


LINKED VERSES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Read a thousand books!
Last Line: "who will need us when we die?"
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LOCKED INSIDE, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She beats upon her bolted door
Last Line: "is locked inside!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


LOVE SONG; FOR RUTHVEN TODD, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, to fall easily, easily, easily in love
Last Line: And easily, love, easily to rest.
Subject(s): Love; Promiscuity; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LOVEMUSIC, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, freighted heart, within this port
Last Line: Will fructify a bleaker time.
Subject(s): Love; Seduction; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


LUCRETIUS, by LUCY AIKEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sons of fair albion, tender, brave, sincere
Last Line: "and be, my sister, be at length my friend."
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Lucy
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


MARRIAGE SONG; WITH COMMENTARY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We begin with the osprey who cries, 'clang, clang!'
Last Line: "snow-breasted, and transfixed in abstract love."
Subject(s): Birds; China; Marriage; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


MEDICINE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The practice of medicine / is not what it was
Last Line: You're going to live.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Medicine; Past; Women; Women's Rights; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Drugs, Prescription; Feminism


MEDICINE 2; FOR JOHN MURRAY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the nurses, interns, doctors came running full tilt down the hall
Last Line: But that was his job: to just stand there and watch her die.
Subject(s): Duty; Euthanasia; Hospitals; Physicians; Women; Women's Rights; Doctors; Feminism


MEDITATION AT KEW, by ANNA WICKHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas! For all the pretty women who marry dull men
Last Line: But frankly, gayly shall we get the gods.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hepburn, Patrick, Mrs.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


MERCY, by OLGA BROUMAS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Out in the harbor breaths of smoke
Last Line: A wrinkle on the water.
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Grief; Mythology - Classical; Seashore; Sickness; Women's Rights; Sorrow; Sadness; Beach; Coast; Shore; Illness; Feminism


MORE OF A CORPSE THAN A WOMAN, by MURIEL RUKEYSER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Give them my regards when you go to the school renuion
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


MOTHER TO CHILD, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How best can I serve thee, my child! My child!
Last Line: Even so, and so only!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Mothers; Women's Rights; Feminism


MR. AND MRS. JACK SPRAT IN THE KITCHEN, by MONA VAN DUYN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: About half a box
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Marriage; Women's Rights; Cookery; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


MRS. SMALL, by GWENDOLYN BROOKS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mrs. Small went to the kitchen for her pocketbook
Last Line: Of the world's business
Subject(s): Women's Rights; African Americans – Women; Insurance & Insurance Agents


MUD SOUP, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Had the ham bone, had the lentils
Last Line: Not like isle of innisfree.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Food & Eating; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Cookery; Feminism


MY GOOD FATHER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pierone's inc. / riverside and post - spokane, washington 99201
Last Line: Carolyn
Subject(s): Biography; Fathers; Fathers & Daughters; Marriage; Virtue; Women; Women's Rights; Biographers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


MY NIGHT WITH PHILIP LARKIN, by RACHEL LODEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rendezvous with dweeby philip in the shower
Subject(s): Larkin, Philip (1922-1985); Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


MY RIGHTS, by SARAH CHAUNCEY WOOLSEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, god has made me a woman
Last Line: And god, who made man's body strong, made too the woman's soul.
Alternate Author Name(s): Coolidge, Susan
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


NAMELESS PAIN, by ELIZABETH DREW (BARSTOW) STODDARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I should be happy with my lot
Last Line: If any other lot were mine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stoddard, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Pain; Women's Rights; Suffering; Misery; Feminism


NIGHT SOUNDS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The moonlight on my bed keeps me awake
Last Line: A child with the moon on his face, a dog's hollow cadence.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Love - Complaints; Night; Solitude; Women; Women's Rights; Bedtime; Loneliness; Feminism


NOT WRITING POEMS ABOUT CHILDREN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I gave birth to living metaphors
Last Line: Springs from the very separateness of things.
Subject(s): Children; Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Loss; Metaphor; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Similes; Parenthood; Feminism


NOW, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With god above - beneath - beside
Last Line: The people we are meant to be!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


OCTOBER, 1973, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Last night I dreamed I ran through the streets of new york
Last Line: Brother? Brother?
Subject(s): Chile; Dreams; Social Problems; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Women; Women's Rights; Nightmares; Feminism


ODE IN BEHALF OF WIMMENS RIGHTS, by EMMA ZELIFF    Poem Text            
First Line: The men are real obstropolus
Last Line: That every kind of thing has riz.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


ON A LINE FROM JULIAN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have a number and my name is dumb
Last Line: Such a barbarian have I become!
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ON A LINE FROM SOPHOCLES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I see you cruel, you find me less than fair
Last Line: Time, time, my friend, makes havoc everywhere.
Subject(s): Enemies; Sophocles (496-406 B.c.); Time; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


ON A LINE FROM VALERY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The whole green sky is dying. The last tree flares
Last Line: The gulf war
Variant Title(s): Gulf War
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991); Literary Form; Valery, Paul (1871-1945); War; Women; Women's Rights; Operation Desert Storm (1991); Feminism


ON LEARNING. DESIRED BY A GENTLEMAN, by ELIZABETH TEFT    Poem Text            
First Line: Well, ignorance, the cause is yet unknown
Last Line: Consider, sir, a simple virgin's muse.
Subject(s): Education; Women's Rights; Feminism


ON LOVE: MARGARET FULLER, by EDWARD HIRSCH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thank you for attending this conversation on love
Last Line: A woman can no longer be sacrificed for love
Variant Title(s): The Lectures On Love: 4. Margaret Fuller
Subject(s): Fuller, Margaret (1810-1850); Love; Women's Rights


ON RISING FROM THE DEAD, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Saturday noon: the morning of the mind
Last Line: With dionysus, singing from the cross!
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Morning; Religion; Resurrection, The; Waking; Women; Women's Rights; Theology; Feminism


ON THE BEACH, by CLARIBEL ALEGRIA    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It's really nothing
Last Line: Bucketful of sands
Alternate Author Name(s): Flakoll, Darwin, Mrs.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


ONE TO NOTHING, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The bibulous eagle behind me at the ball game:
Last Line: Shucks a'mighty. If you're an eagle, you just go.
Subject(s): Baseball; Birds; Eagles; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


OUGHTA BE A WOMAN, by JUNE JORDAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Washing the floors to send you to college
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


OUR LITTLE HELPMEET, by JULES LAFORGUE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If my manner speaks to you
Last Line: I am woman; I am known.
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


PARENTS' PANTOUM; FOR MAXINE KUMIN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Where did these enormous children come from
Last Line: We offspring of our enormous children.
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Women's Rights; Childhood; Feminism


PEARL, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Every thursday pearl arrived in her old model a
Last Line: I was your murdered child.
Subject(s): Household Employees; Mothers & Daughters; Women; Women's Rights; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


PERSEPHONE PAUSES, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lengthened shadow of my hand
Last Line: But cast it. Summertime, good-night!
Subject(s): Desire; Hades; Persephone; Pomegranates; Women; Women's Rights; Proserpine; Proserpina; Feminism


PLAINT OF THE POET IN AN IGNORANT AGE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I would I had a flower-boy!
Last Line: "the no-bird that sings in the no-name tree?"
Subject(s): Household Employees; Muses; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Feminism


POEM FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY; FOR BARBARA THOMPSON, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This year both our birthdays end in zero
Last Line: The password at the boundary is friend.
Subject(s): Birthdays; Friendship; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


POEM, SMALL AND DELIBLE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We have been picketing woolworth's
Last Line: Picketing woolworth's.
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand (1869-1948); India; Social Protest; Racism; Women; Women's Rights; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Feminism


PORTRAIT OF MRS. W., by JOSEPHINE PRESTON PEABODY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Go: bring them in, tom -- persons of worship coming, today
Last Line: Curtain
Alternate Author Name(s): Marks, Lionel S., Mrs.
Subject(s): Common Law Marriage; Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797); Women's Rights; Feminism


POSTCARDS FROM ROTTERDAM, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Came such a long way
Last Line: Carolyn.
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Women; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism


POSTFEMINISM, by BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are two kinds of people, soldiers and women
Subject(s): Survival; Women's Rights; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: FOUR. FANNY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At samoa, hardly unpacked, I commenced planting
Last Line: Never again succumb to the fever of planting.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Marriage; Mothers; Samoa; Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894); Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: ONE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From sappho to myself, consider the fate of women
Last Line: Flux, efflorescence -- whatever you care to call it!
Subject(s): Free Will & Determinism; History; Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis); Man-woman Relationships; Women; Women's Rights; Historians; Male-female Relations; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: THREE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I will speak about women of letters, for I'm in the racket
Last Line: And the luck of our husbands and lovers, who keep free women.
Subject(s): Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis); Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Progress; Women; Women Writers; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Male-female Relations; Feminism


PRO FEMINA: TWO, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I take as my theme 'the independent women'
Last Line: Springing, full-grown, from your own head, athena?
Subject(s): Independence; Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis); Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


PROMISING AUTHOR, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Driving on the road to stinson beach
Last Line: Who wept for mercy as you died.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Driving & Drivers; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Feminism


RACE RELATIONS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I sang in the sun
Last Line: Of the breakers of stone
Subject(s): Civil Rights Movement; Race Awareness; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


READING YOUR POEMS IN YOUR HOUSE WHILE YOU ARE AWAY, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: This morning my first roadrunner
Last Line: And give them back, like moonlight.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


READING, DREAMING, HIDING, by KELLY CHERRY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You were reading. I was dreaming
Subject(s): Books; Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Milosz, Czeslaw (1911-2004)); Religion; Women's Rights; Reading; Male-female Relations; Theology; Feminism


REASSURANCE, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Can you imagine nothing better, brother
Last Line: Than man hath known before.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


RETURN TO LIFE, by MARGE PIERCY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A woman is not a pear tree
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


REUNION, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For more than thirty years we hadn't met
Last Line: Grateful, my dear, that I escaped from you.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Reunions; Teaching & Teachers; Women; Women's Rights; Educators; Professors; Feminism


RIPOSTE, by MARILYN HACKER                Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear tom, / when my next volume (granted: slender)
Subject(s): Disch, Tom (B. 1940); Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


ROSABEL (OF ROSALIE), by ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Leaves that whisper whisper ever
Last Line: And for her, -- for her.
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Gays & Lesbians; Women's Rights; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Feminism


RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Most people from idaho are crazed rednecks
Last Line: Lives to curse your blessed plaster bleeding heart.
Subject(s): Christianity; Discontent; Idaho; Insanity; Montana; Washington (State); West (U.s.); Women; Women's Rights; Dissatisfaction; Madness; Mental Illness; Southwest; Pacific States; Feminism


SEASON OF LOVERS AND ASSASSINS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Safe from the wild storms off cape hatteras
Last Line: The slow assassination of the years.
Subject(s): Assassination; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SECOND TIME AROUND, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You're entangled with someone more famous than you
Last Line: Comes tiptoeing into your study with a nice cup of coffee.
Subject(s): Comfort; Marriage; Women; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


SEMELE RECYCLED, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After you left me forever
Last Line: Its birth and rebirth and decay.
Subject(s): Bodies; Reunions; Semele (Mythology); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SHALIMAR GARDENS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the garden of earth a square of water
Last Line: To die again, into the living stone.
Subject(s): Death; Gardens & Gardening; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


SHE WHO IS TO COME, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A woman-in so far as she beholdeth
Last Line: Is she who is to come!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Justice; Women's Rights; Feminism


SHEARERS'SONG, FR. KING RENE'S ROMANCE, by GORDON BOTTOMLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What do the maids at shearing-time?
Last Line: A maid can clip as well as a man.
Subject(s): Sheep; Women's Rights; Feminism


SINGING ALOUD, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: We all have our faults. Mine is trying to write poems
Last Line: Or they'll lock us up like the apes, and control us forever.
Subject(s): Aging; Chinese Literature; Po Chu-yi (772-846); Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SIREN SONG, by MARGARET ATWOOD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the one song everyone
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Man-woman Relationships; Mythology; Poetry & Poets; Sirens (Mythology); Women's Rights; Iliad; Odyssey; Male-female Relations; Feminism


SISTERS, by MARILYN NELSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The school bus drove us home from high school, where
Alternate Author Name(s): Waniek, Marilyn Nelson
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Racism; Feminism; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


SNAPSHOTS OF A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, by ADRIENNE CECILE RICH    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: You, once a belle in shreveport
Subject(s): Daughters-in-law; Sexism; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


SONG FOR EQUAL SUFFRAGE, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Day of hope and day of glory! After slavery and woe
Last Line: As his world goes marching on!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


SONG/FOR SANNA, by OLGA BROUMAS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What hasn't happened / intrudes, so much
Last Line: Miss you.
Variant Title(s): Song / For Sanna
Subject(s): Absence; Food & Eating; Love; Mythology - Classical; Women's Rights; Separation; Isolation; Feminism


SONNET (2), by AGNES MARY F. ROBINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Since childhood have I dragged my life along
Last Line: And spin a stronger thread more perfectly.
Alternate Author Name(s): Duclaux, Madame Emile; Darmesteter, Mary; Robinson, A. Mary F.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


STREETS OF PEARL AND GOLD, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Within, walls white as canvas stretched to stain
Last Line: As I try to keep us, here upon this page.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Netherlands; Poetry & Poets; San Francisco; Villages; Wharves; Women; Women's Rights; Holland; Dutch People; Piers; Feminism


SUFFRAGE MARCHING-SONG, by LOUIS JAMES BLOCK    Poem Text            
First Line: Lo! The nations have been toiling up a steep and rugged road
Last Line: For the hope still leads them on!
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


SUMMER NEAR THE RIVER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have carried my pillow to the windowsill
Last Line: It seems, for a moment, the river ceases flowing.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Fidelity; Love - Complaints; Women; Women's Rights; Faithfulness; Constancy; Feminism


SUPPRESSING THE EVIDENCE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Alaska oil spill, I edit you out
Last Line: I must hold in my mind one small dead otter pup.
Subject(s): Alaska; Escapes; Industrial Accidents; Petroleum; Women; Women's Rights; Fugitives; Oil; Feminism


THE 'ANTI' AND THE FLY, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The fly upon the cartwheel
Last Line: Thinks she makes the wheels go back!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


THE AFFINITY, by ANNA WICKHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have to thank god I'm a woman
Last Line: Is free to be very hungry, very lonely.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hepburn, Patrick, Mrs.
Subject(s): Marriage; Sexism; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


THE ANTI-SUFFRAGISTS, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fashionable women in luxurious homes
Last Line: To great democracy and womanhood!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Americans; Elections; United States; Women; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; America; Feminism


THE APOSTATE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I, hypocrite harry, that hamburg hand-kisser
Last Line: Bless the poet, heinrich, as he blesses you.
Subject(s): Christianity; Conversion; Hypocrisy; Jews; Surgery; Women; Women's Rights; Judaism; Feminism


THE ASHES; FOR WILLIAM GASS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This elderly poet, unpublished for five decades
Last Line: Her name known to everyone, safe in her fame.
Subject(s): China - Red Guards; Honor; Loss; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE BALLAD OF THE MADE MAID, by ANNE STEVENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My love is rich and talented
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Marriage; Feminism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE BLACK BACK-UPS, by KATE RUSHIN    Poem Text         Recitation by Author    
First Line: This is dedicated to merry clayton, fontella bass, vonetta
Alternate Author Name(s): Rushin, Donna Kate
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music; African Americans - Women; Jazz; Music & Musicians; Popular Culture - United States; Singing & Singers; Women's Rights; Songs; Feminism


THE CHILD TAKEN FROM THE MOTHER, by MINNIE BRUCE PRATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I could do nothing. Nothing. Do you
Last Line: And women, lovers, mothers, lesbians. Yes
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Child Custody; Sacrifices; Women's Rights


THE COMING WOMAN, by MARY WESTON FORDHAM    Poem Text            
First Line: Just look, 'tis a quarter past six, love
Last Line: Exist, without a man cook.
Subject(s): Housekeeping; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE CONCLUSION OF A LETTER TO THE REV. MR. C --., by MARY BARBER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis time to conclude; for I make it a rule
Last Line: And find, in your wife, a companion and friend.'
Subject(s): Letters; Women Writers; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE COPULATING GODS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Brushing back the curls from your famous brow
Last Line: They will concoct a scripture explaining this.
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Sex; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE DAMNED, by TOI DERRICOTTE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The drawers of my mother's bedroom
Last Line: If either of us can be saved
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE DEATH OF A PUBLIC SERVANT; IN MEMORIAM, HERBERT NORMAN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is a day when good men die from windows
Last Line: Take these to your shade: of rage, of grief, of love.
Subject(s): Defamation; Mccarthyism; Suicide; Women; Women's Rights; Slander; Libel; Feminism


THE EROTIC PHILOSOPHERS, by KIZER. CAROLYN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It’s a spring morning; sun pours in the window
Last Line: Let me enter my chamber and sing my songs of love
Subject(s): Books & Reading; Women's Rights; Innocence; Love - Erotic; Feminism


THE FEMINEAD: FEMALES, SACRED AND PROFANE, by JOHN DUNCOMBE    Poem Text            
First Line: The modest muse a veil with pity throws
Last Line: Your empty sneers, and shock the sex no more.
Subject(s): Earth; Sacrifices; Women's Rights; World; Feminism


THE GIFT, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Gift of another day!
Last Line: Let us rest, hold, stay.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE GLASS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your body tolls the hour
Last Line: By one touch you put out time.
Subject(s): Love; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE GLASS ESSAY, by ANNE CARSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I can hear little chicks inside my dream
Last Line: It walked out of the light
Subject(s): Love – Unrequited; Psychiatry; Mothers & Daughters; Fathers; Home Life; Women's Rights; Solitude; Alzheimer's Disease; Dreams; Anger; Love – Nature Of; Love – Loss Of; Bronte, Emily (1818-1848); Bronte, Charlotte (1816-1855); Man-woman Relationships


THE GOOD AUTHOR, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Contrary to the views
Last Line: To any word you say.
Subject(s): Games; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Feminism


THE GREAT BLUE HERON, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As I wandered on the beach
Last Line: My mother would drift away.
Subject(s): Death; Herons; Mothers; Women; Women's Rights; Dead, The; Feminism


THE INFERNAL FEMININE, by BAIRD LEONARD    Poem Text            
First Line: Ever since the days of adam
Last Line: Is, and shall be till the end.
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE INTRUDER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother - preferring the strange to the tame
Last Line: She washed and washed the pity from her hands.
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Violence; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE LANGUAGE OF THE BRAG, by SHARON OLDS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have wanted excellence in the knife-throw
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


THE MALINGERER, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Exempt! She 'does not have to work'
Last Line: Both fail to serve the child.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Mothers; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE MOON OF MIND AGAINST THE WOODEN LOUVER, by OLGA BROUMAS                Poet's Biography
First Line: The visitors in room 8509
Last Line: Fence from our despair, our rage, our bitter greedy fear.
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Fear; Healing; Hospitals; Mythology - Classical; Sickness; Women's Rights; Cures; Illness; Feminism


THE ORATION; AFTER CAVAFY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The boldest thing I ever did was to save a savior
Last Line: It was the speech of my life.
Subject(s): Life; Speech; Women; Women's Rights; Oratory; Orators; Feminism


THE PATIENT LOVERS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Love is an illness still to be
Last Line: That we are ill, of being well.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Sickness; Women; Women's Rights; Illness; Feminism


THE POWER OF WOMEN, by MATILDA BARBARA BETHAM-EDWARDS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We wish not the mechanic arts to scan
Last Line: We have the substance, they may keep the name!
Alternate Author Name(s): Betham, Mary Matilda; Edwards, Matilda B.; Edwards, B. M.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


THE PRINCESS; A MEDLEY, by ALFRED TENNYSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sir walter vivian all a summer's day
Last Line: From those rich silks, and home well-pleased we went.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Echoes; Mothers; Religion; Sea; Supernatural; Women's Rights; Theology; Ocean; Feminism


THE RED-HAIRED MAN'S WIFE, by JAMES STEPHENS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have taken that vow
Last Line: Still are secret; unreached, and untouched, and not subject to you.
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, injured woman! Rise, assert thy right!
Last Line: That seperate rights are lost in mutual love.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Variant Title(s): The Rights Of Women
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Women's Rights; Feminism; Feminism


THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, injured woman! Rise, assert thy right!
Last Line: That seperate rights are lost in mutual love.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Variant Title(s): The Rights Of Women
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN - PROLOGUE FOR MISS FONTENELLE, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things
Last Line: Ah! Ca ira! The majesty of woman!
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


THE SILENT MAN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In your first book of poems, printed
Last Line: But you are silent.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Silence; Tragedy; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE SKEIN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Moonlight through my gauze curtains
Last Line: So I memorize these lines, without salutation, without close.
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited; Moon; Poetry & Poets; Window Treatments; Women; Women's Rights; Wu, Emperor (140-87 B.c.); Venetian Blinds; Curtains; Shades; Drapes; Feminism


THE SOCIALIST AND THE SUFFRAGIST, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Said the socialist to the suffragist
Last Line: "just get into the game!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Socialism; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


THE STREET MASHER, by HELEN EMMA MARING    Poem Text            
First Line: What was it in my eyes that made you wait
Last Line: Perhaps you followed her when you left me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Payne, Lorrin A., Mrs.
Subject(s): Sexism; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE SUBURBANS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgetting sounds that we no longer hear
Last Line: Our limited salvation is the word.
Subject(s): Conformity; Poetry & Poets; Self-consciousness; Suburbs; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE TENTH MUSE: THE PROLOGUE, by ANNE BRADSTREET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To sing of wars, of captains and of kings
Last Line: Will make your glist'ring gold but more to shine.
Subject(s): Children; Home; Man-woman Relationships; Marriage; Puritans; Sickness; Women's Rights; Childhood; Male-female Relations; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Illness; Feminism


THE UNGRATEFUL GARDEN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Midas watched the golden crust
Last Line: "nature is evil,"" midas said."
Subject(s): Environment; Gold; Midas; Women; Women's Rights; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Feminism


THE VALLEY OF THE FALLEN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My new friend, maisie, who works where I work
Last Line: Fodor's spain, 1984
Subject(s): Franco, Francisco (1892-1975); Spain; Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE WARS IN SWEDEN, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: The streets of stockholm are churning with guerrillas
Last Line: Being the conscience of the white race isn't much fun.
Subject(s): Social Protest; Sweden; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THE WAY WE WRITE LETTERS, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We must lie long in the weeds
Last Line: From the meadow. Turn on the poem & the light.
Subject(s): Letters; Poetry & Poets; Travel; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


THE WHITE WOMEN, by MARY ELIZABETH COLERIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where dwell the lovely, wild white women folk
Last Line: And gazing died.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anodos
Subject(s): Amazons; Legends, Malayan; Women's Rights; Feminism


THRALL, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The room is sparsely furnished
Last Line: So you may write this poem.
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


THROUGH A GLASS EYE, LIGHTLY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the laboratory waiting room
Last Line: In the empty eye.
Subject(s): Children; Eyes; Vanity; Women; Women's Rights; Childhood; Feminism


TO A FRIEND WHOSE WORK HAS COME TO TRIUMPH, by ANNE SEXTON    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Consider icarus, pasting those sticking wings on
Subject(s): Icarus; Man-woman Relationships; Mythology - Classical; Snodgrass, William Dewitt (1926-2009); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


TO A VISITING POET IN A COLLEGE DORMITORY, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here tame boys fly down the long light of halls
Last Line: To father men and poems in your mind.
Subject(s): Men; Poetry & Poets; Universities & Colleges; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


TO ALMYSTREA [MARY ASTELL], ON HER DIVINE WORKS, by ELIZABETH THOMAS    Poem Text            
First Line: Hail, happy virgin! Of celestial race
Last Line: From the false brand of incapacity.
Subject(s): Astell, Mary (1668-1731); Women's Rights; Feminism


TO AN UNKNOWN POET, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I haven't the heart to say
Last Line: In this bastion of culture.
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Estrangement; Outcasts; Feminism


TO COLLEGE GIRLS, by AMELIA WOODWARD TRUESDELL    Poem Text            
First Line: The college girls of a former day
Last Line: Of today and the years before!
Subject(s): Courtship; Girls; Love; Women's Rights; Feminism


TO JULIA DE BURGOS, by JULIA DE BURGOS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Already the people murmur that I am your enemy
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


TO LADY ASTOR, by OLIVER BROOK HERFORD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hail, beauteous lady, world renowned
Last Line: "to ""pussyfoot"" his diet!"
Subject(s): Animals; Astor, Nancy, Viscountess (1879-1964); Lions; Politics & Government; Women's Rights; Feminism


TO LADY ASTOR (PICTURED WITH BRITISH LION AT HEEL), by OLIVER BROOK HERFORD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hail, beauteous lady, world reknown
Last Line: "to ""pussyfoot"" his diet!"
Subject(s): Astor, Nancy, Viscountess (1879-1964); Politics & Government; Women's Rights; Feminism


TO MARY WOLSTONECRAFT, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lily cheek, the 'purple light of love'
Last Line: To offer, nor unworthy thy regard.
Subject(s): Godwin, Mary Wollenstonecraft (1759-79); Joan Of Arc (1412-1431); Poetry & Poets; Strength; Victory; Women's Rights; Wollenstone, Mary (1759-79); Feminism


TO THE BEAUTIFUL ELIZA J - N, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How, liberty! Girl, can it be by thee named
Last Line: And over their hearts a proud despot so reignest.
Subject(s): Freedom; Women's Rights; Liberty; Feminism


TO THE INDIFFERENT WOMEN; A SESTINA, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You who are happy in a thousand homes
Last Line: Is joined with man's to care for all the world!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


TO THE LADIES, by MARY LEE CHUDLEIGH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wife and servant are the same
Last Line: You must be proud, if you'll be wise.
Subject(s): Marriage; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


TOUCHED, by OLGA BROUMAS                Poet's Biography
First Line: Cold december nights I'd go
Last Line: Each healing we begin.
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Cold; Death; Healing; Mythology - Classical; Sickness; Touch (Sense); Women's Rights; Dead, The; Cures; Illness; Feminism


TRIO, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some say sorrow fades
Last Line: And a third, who had no song.
Subject(s): Aging; Grief; Happiness; Women; Women's Rights; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight; Feminism


TWELVE O'CLOCK, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At seventeen I've come to read a poem
Last Line: And everything, forever, everything is changed.
Subject(s): Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Heisenberg, Werner Karl (1901-1976); Hiroshima, Japan; Nuclear War; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; World War Ii; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb; Parenthood; Feminism; Second World War


TWO POETS BY THE LAKE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lakeshore modulated to a cove
Last Line: The balked need urgent in your words, and mine.
Subject(s): Boats; Lakes; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Wright, James (1927-1980); Writing & Writers; Pools; Ponds; Feminism


TYING ONE ON IN VIENNA, by CAROLYN KIZER                Poet's Biography
First Line: I have been, faithfully, to the thirty-nine birthplaces of beethoven
Last Line: Hooray for purple and gold, for liquor and angels!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Christianity; Poetry & Poets; Vienna; Women; Women's Rights; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Feminism


UNION OF WOMEN, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At a literary gathering in santa monica
Last Line: So here's to solidarity, cinquains, brave bearded ladies -- hooray!
Subject(s): Beards; Hotels; Labor Unions; Poetry & Poets; Women; Women's Rights; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses; Feminism


VASHTI, by FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She leaned her head upon her hand
Last Line: But would not bow to shame.
Subject(s): Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


VERSES ADDRESSED TO IMITATOR OF FIRST SATIRE OF HORACE, by MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In two large columns, on thy motley page
Last Line: Wander like him, accursed through the land.
Alternate Author Name(s): Montagu, Mary Wortley; Pierrepont, Mary
Variant Title(s): A Reply To Alexander Pope
Subject(s): Hate; Man-woman Relationships; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744); Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


VOYAGER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Digging my claws in sand, I crawled ashore
Last Line: And know no more than he what victory was.
Subject(s): Despair; Heroism; Homecoming; Travel; Women; Women's Rights; Heroes; Heroines; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


WALK ON THE WATER, by OLGA BROUMAS                Poet's Biography
First Line: Chafed ocean, a chadored moon
Last Line: Song without skin to hold.
Subject(s): Aids (Disease); Healing; Mythology - Classical; Peace; Sea; Sickness; Women's Rights; Cures; Ocean; Illness; Feminism


WAS HE HENPECKED?, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'll tell you what it is, my dear
Last Line: Said mrs. Dorking wisely.
Subject(s): Marriage; Men; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


WE AS WOMEN, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a cry in the air about us
Last Line: We shall lift the world indeed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


WEDDED BLISS, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O come and be my mate!' said the eagle to the hen
Last Line: And the clam sucked, the salmon swam, alone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Marriage; Women's Rights; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Feminism


WHAT THE BONES KNOW, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Remembering the past
Last Line: I do not waste my breath.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Memory; Poetry & Poets; Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Self-consciousness; Sex; Women; Women's Rights; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Dead, The; Feminism


WHAT WAS IN A NAME, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thomas love peacock! Thomas love peacock!
Last Line: I hail the three-in-one, the one-in-three.
Subject(s): Names; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


WHERE I'VE BEEN ALL MY LIFE, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sirs, in our youth you love the sight of us
Last Line: Come die with me in the mosques of rotterdam.
Subject(s): China; Ethnic Identity; Identity; Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Self-consciousness; Travel; Women; Women's Rights; Holland; Dutch People; Journeys; Trips; Feminism


WHERE WILL YOU BE?, by PATRICIA PARKER    Poem Text            
First Line: Boots are being polished
Alternate Author Name(s): Parker, Pat
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; African Americans - Women; Gays & Lesbians; Women's Rights; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Feminism


WINNING THE PRIZE, by PENNY CAGAN    Poem Text            
First Line: There he is one morning when I open my door
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


WINTER SONG, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So I go on, tediously on and on...
Last Line: Who made the days and years seem worth enduring.
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Loss; Love; Solitude; Women; Women's Rights; Loneliness; Feminism


WOMAN'S HARD FATE, by A LADY [PSEUD.]    Poem Text            
First Line: How wretched is a woman's fate
Last Line: "to a slave's fetters add a slavish mind, / that I may cheerfully your will obey"
Alternate Author Name(s): A Lady
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


WOMEN DO NOT WANT IT, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the woman suffrage argument first stood upon its legs
Last Line: When he himself admits the right of what we ask today?
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Elections; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Feminism


WOMEN OF TODAY, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You women of today who fear so much
Last Line: The thing you are!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Women's Rights; Feminism


WOMENS' SUFFRAGE, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fellow men! Why should the lords try to despise
Last Line: And ye will gain the parliamentary franchise before very long.
Subject(s): Elections; Freedom; Wages; Women - Employment; Women's Rights; Voting; Voters; Suffrage; Liberty; Salaries; Professional Women; Women In Business; Women's Careers; Feminism