“In a 2009 essay for the Boston Review on the poetry of the women’s movement, Honor Moore spoke of hearing Grahn read her epic poem “A Woman Is Talking to Death” in the early 1970s: ‘With this poem the whole political enterprise of feminism was subsumed by poetic means into an understanding of the complexity of the stark power relations that involve gender, race, and sexuality.’”
the common woman is as common
as good bread
as common as when you couldn’t go on
For all the world we didnt know we held in common
the common woman is as common as the best of bread
and will rise
and will become strong—I swear it to you
I swear it to you on my own head
I swear it to you on my common
ending lines of “VII. Vera, from my childhood”
from The Common Woman Poems
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The Complete Works of Pat Parker, Sinister Wisdom Press, 2016.
This is the essential Parker collection. Not only does this volume contain all the poetry she published in her previous books—Child of Myself, Pit Stop, Womanslaughter, and Movement in Black—it also has a rich supply of prose, plays and previously unpublished poems. [Read More…] about Book Recommendations
In Her Own Voice
FROM SACRED BLOOD TO THE CURSE AND BEYOND
Grahn reads her article "From Sacred Blood to the Curse and Beyond" published in the anthology "," edited by Charlene Spretnak (Harper and Row, 1982). Produced by Karla Tonella.
What People Say
Judy Grahn is the direct inheritor of that passion for life in the woman poet, that instinct for true power, not domination, which poets like Barrett Browning, Dickinson, H.D., were asserting in their own very different ways and voices.
from On Lies, Secrets, and Silence
People always ask me about my favorite musicians but no one ever asks about my favorite poets. When I was nineteen I discovered the poetry of Judy Grahn, and I was so moved by "A Woman Is Talking to Death", it’s still one of my favorite poems ever, in the world.
Judy Grahn has done more to create a women’s literature than any other writer in the past half century.