Women of Steel by Rachel Bower

For an audio version of this poem, please click here.  Women of Steel We are sisters who clank through the streets on rustless feet and chain-linked arms the deep pull of ore in our loins – calls of ancestors deep in the rocks of yolk and plum and rust. I polish her toes ‘til they … Continue reading Women of Steel by Rachel Bower

Ways Not To Treat Women by Tracey Scott-Townsend

A strong and wide-reaching feminist poem for our fifth selection by guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs! Ways not to treat Women For enjoying a book too much Refuse to educate them In case men can’t satisfy them Genitally mutilate them If they get pregnant unmarried Take their babies away For suffering postpartum depression Electric shock … Continue reading Ways Not To Treat Women by Tracey Scott-Townsend

I’m Not Changing My Name by Maggie McKay

I’m Not Changing my Name because it is me my baggage, foibles, self   because I love the misspellings   because I will be "ambitious",  "pert" and "forward".    because my life began at birth   because I am not first a wife Maggie Mackay, a Scot and recent Manchester Metropolitan University MA Poetry graduate, … Continue reading I’m Not Changing My Name by Maggie McKay