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38 review for Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The poems in themselves were brillant. My only scrutiny is really of the editors' decision to categorize them all as "lesbian," though they do acknowledge the difficulties in doing so in their introduction. I do think we can think of the "lesbianism" here as by Riche's idea of the lesbian spectrum, it being a love or celebration of women even if not always explicitly sexual. While that too makes sense to me and I can see how rigid definitions & categorizations are in themselves in opposition to The poems in themselves were brillant. My only scrutiny is really of the editors' decision to categorize them all as "lesbian," though they do acknowledge the difficulties in doing so in their introduction. I do think we can think of the "lesbianism" here as by Riche's idea of the lesbian spectrum, it being a love or celebration of women even if not always explicitly sexual. While that too makes sense to me and I can see how rigid definitions & categorizations are in themselves in opposition to feminist ideals, I do feel uncomfortable "watering down" lesbianism to the point that anyone can be a lesbian-- it leaves ample room for appropriation. Anyhow, again these are only questions raised by the editors decisions, not the poems in themselves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    I think this is an important book and is filled with quality poetry. And I understand that it was compiled at a time when lesbians and other minorities were brutally suppressed, so there is a lot of dark poetry about oppression and pain here. However, there should also be JOY in lesbian poetry! There should be LIGHT in lesbian poetry. There should be HOPE in lesbian poetry. And there should be more happy LOVE. In some ways this volume is a call to lesbian writers everywhere to rise up and CELEBR I think this is an important book and is filled with quality poetry. And I understand that it was compiled at a time when lesbians and other minorities were brutally suppressed, so there is a lot of dark poetry about oppression and pain here. However, there should also be JOY in lesbian poetry! There should be LIGHT in lesbian poetry. There should be HOPE in lesbian poetry. And there should be more happy LOVE. In some ways this volume is a call to lesbian writers everywhere to rise up and CELEBRATE the lesbian experience. I'm going to answer that call and I hope many others will join me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Allison

    love every word in this holy beautiful book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin

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    Jana

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Yates

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    Steph Courtney

  8. 4 out of 5

    butterflygloss

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    Ariadne Oliver

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    Katie King

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    Jemima Jarman

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bernstein

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    Brigette Robicheau

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    Ruth Temple

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    Dollie

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    Just Me

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    Laura

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    Shauna

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    Reelout

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    Cait

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    Laura Quilter

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    Andrea

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

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    Kaitlin

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    Carri

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    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leni King

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    Elvis Efendic

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    Jerry Kolarik

  30. 4 out of 5

    Legato Darksummers

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    Ayoola

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    Karina Pisarenko

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    Marks House

  34. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

  35. 4 out of 5

    Reesa Gravois

  36. 5 out of 5

    Gay City LGBTQ Library

  37. 4 out of 5

    Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center

  38. 4 out of 5

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