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The Grand Permission
New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood
Patricia Dienstfrey, ed.; Brenda Hillman, ed.; Rachel Blau DuPlessis, fwd.

2003 • 304 pp. 6 x 9"
Women's Studies / Essays / Motherhood

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6644-7

“It is an exciting layering of parallel stories, musings, and investigations. The voices are frank, challenging, and intimate. “Rachel Kubie, Oyster Boy Review

How writing and motherhood influence one another.

The Grand Permission is a book of deeply enriching and articulate meditations on motherhood and the composition of poetry by practicing poets. The 32 contributors write with originality and commitment about the startling, intense and dynamic connections between motherhood and creative achievement—connections that shed new light on the nature of language and genre, the practical life of mothering and the writing vocation. The book combines intimacy of tone and discussion of serious personal issues in new essays written in varied and innovative forms. This wonderful book is an ideal gift for mothers of all ages and creative pursuits, and especially valuable for writers concerned about how life decisions impact artistic choices.

CONTRIBUTORS: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Jill Bialosky, Eavan Boland, Stephanie Brown, Norma Cole, Gillian Conoley, Toi Derricotte, Barbara Einzig, Carolyn Forché, Kathleen Fraser, Susan Gervirtz, Dale Going, Susan Griffin, Mimiko Hahn, Carla Harryman, Fanny Howe, Erica Hunt, Claudia Keelan, Maxine Kumin, Laura Moriarty, Carol Muske, Alice Notley, Alicia Ostriker, Maureen Owen, Frances Phillips, Pam Rehm, Elizabeth Robinson, Camille Roy, Mary Margaret Soan, C.D. Wright.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This invaluable anthology charts major cultural and ethical shifts concerning the once (mutually) exclusive figures of mother and poet. The formally diverse pressures accompanying these simultaneously intimate and public roles are deftly compelling.” —Ann Vickery, author of Leaving Lines of Gender

“Only in recent decades have numerous women been able to combine being a mother and a poet. These bold and revelatory meditations testify to the significance of that development for the continual reinvention of poetry.”—Lynn Keller, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

From the Book:

“Readers should find something provocative and heartening in the diversity of attitudes and issues taken up. This book gives a set of serious, inspiring models for meditations on motherhood, and a propulsive permission for facing the challenges of motherhood and creative work.”

—From the foreword, by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

PATRICIA DIENSTFREY's most recent book of prose-poetry, The Woman Without Experiences (1995), was the winner of the America Award for Fiction. She is a co-founder of Kelsey Street Press. BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of Cascadia (Wesleyan, 2001). She has received many awards, including the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry. RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS is Professor of English at Temple University.

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