Contemporary American women poets: an A-to-Z guide (2024)

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This essay proposes a paradigm shift in the way we analyze late-nineteenth century women's poetry. The ongoing recovery of late-Victorian women poets has both enabled and invigorated the study of women's poetry, and to accommodate and understand these new voices, scholars have offered two major conceptual categories: " female aesthetes " and " new woman poets. " These models have proved useful but the more scholars have worked with them, the more they have seen the need for additional or alternate descriptive categories. Addressing periodization and arguing that it is especially problematic in regard to late-century women poets, this essay proposes a new period category—turn of the century women's poetry—wedded to a new formalist approach. This reconceptualization has multiple benefits: an alternative for theorizing women's poetry that does not depend on the domestic/poetess model; a non-deterministic period category that does not smooth over contradictions and oppositions; a frame for the recovered voices of women poets that accommodates their differences while accounting for their coherence; and a vision that looks both to the past and toward the future for a clearer picture of women's poetic production.(1) In order to establish the value of looking toward the Edwardian era when interpreting the social and institutional forms represented in turn of the century women's poetry, the essay outlines some post-1900 forms and contexts that both emerge from and provide critical frames of reference for poems of the earlier period. The essay offers readings of poems by Dollie Radford and Edith Nesbit to illustrate the ways in which current critical categories fail many women's poems, and closes with a discussion of works by Alice Meynell, May Kendall, and A. Mary F. Robinson that demonstrate the value of looking both forward and back when interpreting turn of the century women's poetry.

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Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 380: Twenty-First-Century American Poets, Third Series

2017 •

Dr-Naglaa Hassan

This article sheds light on the life and works of Tina Chang (1969- ), a major contemporary Asian American poet and the first woman to be named poet laureate of Brooklyn, New York. Focusing on her two collections Half-Lit Houses (2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (2011), the study shows how the trinity of racism, biculturalism and identity common to most ethnic poets lie at the center of her work and informs the choice of her themes and poetic techniques. The survey of her oeuvre and the analysis of representative poems also shows how Chang succeeds in writing down her migrant female self, tying her gains and losses , particularly this of the father, to textuality in a unique bond with the ultimate end of producing lyrical poetry , which though informed by her personal experience, defies limitational categorization. The study also shows how Chang’s poetic vision and techniques have developed systematically across time , a fact particularly evident in the use of voice and imagery in her second collection.

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Women Composers Women Poets Pt 2

2023 •

Christopher Reynolds

In Part 1 we encountered two groups of women composers, one that wrote many songs to poems by women, and another, conversely, that mostly avoided them. Somewhere in the middle of these two groups are seven of the most successful women composers from the period, three Americans and four Brits who were contemporaries. Remarkably, four of these exceptional women underwent mid-career poetic conversions, each when they were in their forties. Liza Lehmann in 1905, Guy d’Hardelot in 1907, Amy Beach in 1916, and Teresa Del Riego in 1918 – all replaced a decades-long preference for men poets with one for women.

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The Poetics of Enclosure: American Women Poets from Dickinson to Dove; Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and May Swenson: The Feminist Poetics of Self-Restraint; Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou

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American Literary History

Writing Poetry like a "Woman"

1996 •

Corinne E Blackmer

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Meryl Altman

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Female Subjectivity in African-American Women's Poetry: A Critical Reading

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Tanima Kumari

This book aims to construct the Black female subjectivity of African-American women through the works of chosen poets: Marilyn Nelson, Rita Dove, Elizabeth Alexander, and Patricia Smith. The study delves into the intricacies of African-American women’s issues, such as objectification, rape, motherhood, and racism. This work is unique, as it studies African-American women’s poetry and different creative expressions and artistic genres in their struggle for identity. It illuminates Black female aesthetics and the liberation of self, thus, celebrating their blackness. By examining historical and contemporary issues, the book invites the readers to re-counter the dominance of the established White Order and stimulates the question of the agency of Black women. This book debunks the perceptions and genuinely contributes to the discourse on African-American women’s lives. It goes beyond the daily reflections on women’s experiences and addresses the poignant odyssey of ‘women of colour’, marking a shift to ‘politics of survival’.

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