Traffic in Women: Poetry from Women of Classical Mythology

 
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Janet Lowery gives voice to the most famous female characters in classical mythology, those who are most familiar with the sufferings and triumphs of women. With wit and passion, these characters come to life in the 'eternal present' to expose the exploitation of women throughout the ages. These characters--from Persephone to Medea, Laodamia to Dike, to name a few--tell their stories with a present day resonance that acknowledges the timelessness of women's triumphs and tribulations, while paying tribute to the strength and courage of women who survive and overcome adversity through forthright pronouncement, speaking their own truths. The poems range from the narrative to the lyrical to the descriptive.

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Janet Lowery grew up in upstate New York but has lived and worked in Houston since 1990. She has published poetry in numerous venues, and most recently has written a trilogy of plays, 'Traffic in Women,' based on the poetry in this collection. She is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

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The monologues . . . in the voices of Greek goddesses and women made famous by Greek mythology, are powerful, clear, complex representations of the qualities of each character. Seeing them in this contemporary, vernacular context gives us a fresh way to see ourselves. What a lovely and ambitious project. --Rich Levy, Executive Director, Inprint

Lowery's most recent poetry collection, 'Traffic in Women,' exhibits her continuing interest in women's causes and her fascination with mythological characters who, in her skillful hands, live again in what she calls 'the eternal present.' Many of the poems in this collection--monologues of female characters both human and divine--display her ability to blend wit with passion. Another considerable advantage to her poetry is that much of it is presented, not in the 'looseness of open verse,' but couched in the more dramatic frames of iambic rhythms. And while all these poems spring from an agenda to expose the exploitation of women, they nevertheless move from the particular to the universal by urging us to hearken to the 'eternal note of sadness' that dwells in all of us. --Charles Krohn, Professor of English, and member of the Alley Theatre Acting Company, Houston

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