Diamond, Olivia Women at the Well

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Women at the Well

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In first person, sixty-one Old and New Testament women re-tell Biblical stories from their unique perspectives. In the pivotal poem of the collection, the Samaritan woman recalls her meeting with Jesus at the well years later as an old woman. Like her, all the women in these dramatic monologues yearn for that water which will become a wellspring from which eternal life will flow. Water, a typically feminine symbol, binds all these disparate voices, some strident and defiant, others humorous. The poems are arranged chronologically from Eve to Damaris. Crying defiance against the priesthood, Jezebel proudly defends her name, “Always a curse lisped between lips\I swear, of women-hating priests\who strive to suppress the feminine\No shame it is to be named Jezebel.” In a lighter vein, Mary of Bethany declares herself “the housewife’s patron saint\not my sister Martha dusting and polishing.\All you everyday housewives who would be holy\throw away your brooms, brushes and rag mops.\What profit a clean house when you lose your soul?” This collection of persona poems provides a refreshing, and sometimes shocking, counterpoint to the mostly male point-of-view the Bible affords. Women at the Well readers will hear Biblical women speak tougher and wittier words than Scripture allows. This edition revises and greatly expands the original collection of Women at the Well of 1989 and the second collection of 2001.

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Olivia Diamond’s novels include The Wheels of Being, Delayed Reaction, The Pluperfect Phantom, Gardens Under Which Rivers Flow, Gerontion and the Maiden, and The Bottle Collector. Her trilogy (Voice of Stone, Conquistadora, and Daughter of the Conquest) dramatizes the story of the Inca Empire from the period immediately before Francisco Pizarro’s arrival through the Spanish conquest and colonization of Peru. Her poetry books are: Playground, Please Trespass Here, and Land of the Four Quarters: A Poetic History of the Incas, Geography of My Bones: Collected Poems, Playground and Please Trespass Here, and Be Thou a Man: A Poetic Tribute to Saul Alinsky. Her roots are in Illinois, but she now makes her home in northwestern Montana.

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