FLORENCE HOWE

activist, writer, and founder of the Feminist Press

No More Masks!: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets, Newly Revised and Expanded

Paperback, 1993, ISBN 978-0060965174, Harper Perennial

"A rich repository of poems by and for women. Splendidly edited and Juno-esque in stature, this new literary 'daughter' will be an invaluable anthology for teachers, feminists, scholars and other readers."—Publishers Weekly

"Its pages span generations as well as cultural heritages. And the new edition raises a varied chorus of individual yet harmonious rhythms: Chinese, Slavic, Chicana, African-American, as well as Caucasian women write with the energy generated from a women's movement born of diversity, nonetheless united by the language and cadences of poetry."—Margaret Nolan, School Library Journal

Organized chronologically, the poems span 75 years and trace a concise history of women's poetry and women’s lives in twentieth century America, starting with Lola Ridge's 1918 description of the Jewish Ghetto and ending with Asian-American poet Chitra Divakaruni's 1991 poem about bathing her mother. The writers explore the brutality of rape and war, the realities of menstruation, childbirth, aging, and the bliss of love and sexuality.

A wide range of styles and backgrounds is represented by the 104 poets (expanded from the original 87) including well-established poets, rediscovered ones, and lesser-known younger writers: from Amy Lowell, Gertrude Stein, Lorine Niedecker, and Muriel Rukeyser to Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, June Jordan, Sharon Olds, and Louise Glück.

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"Everyone concerned about global feminism, women’s contributions, and humanity’s future will be enhanced and enchanted by A Life in Motion.”—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I and Volume II
Lecture delivered by Florence Howe on January 8, 2011, at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention
“It is impossible to imagine women’s studies without Florence Howe. Myths of Coeducation shows her vision and courage, insight and dauntlessness.”–Catharine R. Stimpson, Rutgers University
A revised and expanded edition of the classic groundbreaking anthology of 20th-century American women's poetry, representing more than 100 poets from Amy Lowell to Anne Sexton to Rita Dove.

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