Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women's Poetry

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Edited by best-selling author Marilyn Sewell, this rich and diverse anthology of more than 300 poems celebrates the sacredness of women's lives: the experiences that shape them, the relationships that sustain them, and the legacy that they build. In these poems, woman grow old, defy conventions and limits, fall in love and out again, wonder at their own bodies, and sing of the earth and sky. They pray, give birth, and make sense of suffering. As Sewell explains, "Those who write these verses do so out of exquisite courage...... They show us how to live."

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Marilyn Sewell is a Unitarian minister interested in celebrating the sacredness of women's lives. Her previous work was a collection of writings about women's spirituality. Here, she collects the works of the very best contemporary women poets (Maxine Kumin, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, and Tess Gallagher, among others) to create a kaleidoscope of shifting women's experiences. Some of those experiences are universal, of course. The inevitability of death, say, or the difficulties of relationships, aren't experiences exclusive to women's lives (though men and women will often experience these things differently). The book is most fascinating when it does focus on experiences that are exclusive to women. There are poems about miscarriages, giving birth, and how women's bodies change through the years.

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Marilyn Sewell is senior minister of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, and editor of Cries of the Spirit (Beacon / 6849-7 / $20.00 pb) and Claiming the Spirit Within (Beacon / 6861-6 / $20.00 pb). She lives in Portland.

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