My daughter is registering to vote on International Women's Day! What a thrill!
All this week we've been celebrating March as Women's History Month and today as the arrival of International Women's Day over at Escape Into Life. Today there's a sort of Whitman's sampler of lines from poems by 13 women who live all over the world writing poetry. Several live in the USA but have a heritage from elsewhere, and several live elsewhere but came from the USA; it's an amazing array of women writing in English who live in Australia, Mexico, New Mexico, Germany, Norway, Austria, etc.
The fragments of poems make up a sort of collage, and there is collage art by Ashley Blanton, who is cutting and pasting and inking on pages from old books. You can find more of her work at her website, Paper Doll Parts. I love the sweet ironies in all this. And the taste of iron in blood.
"You must change your life," said Rilke. So that's what I keep doing. I worked as an actor, wrote for an encyclopedia, edited a literary magazine, and taught college English courses. Now I write poetry, blog "eight days a week," and listen to birdsong.