Saturday, August 8, 2009
Today's entry comes from Elizabeth Kate Switaj, the author of Magdalene & the Mermaids and an editor of Gender Across Borders.
Descent of Alette by Alice Notley
This is an epic poem that plays with and dissects the form while also reclaiming it for ends that are, among other things, feminist. She not only examines the problems of contemporary life but provides us a model of solving and challenging them that escapes the heroic-antiheroic binary. A more realistic version of this can be seen in her autobiographical poems in Mysteries of Small Houses.
50 Books for Problematic Times is still accepting submissions!