This week we welcome the work of Scotland-based poet Catherine Faulkner. Chosen by guest editor Jess Green for our series on 'Difference & Defiance', Jess Says "I enjoy the power and the confidence of this poem with some beautiful lines and a rare effective use of alliteration - 'scattering it Samson strong' and 'cuticles and … Continue reading Change by Catherine Faulkner
In this filmpoem using archive footage, Sandra reflects on how life has changed for girls. She uses life experiences from her mother, herself, and her granddaughter to talk about how expectations and opportunities have changed for women. So this seemed the perfect digital story to share with you on International Women's Day!
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
The sixth poem selected by our guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs is about sexual abuse, and it's like a punch to the gut... Seriously When I said Make yourself at home I didn’t mean Do to my daughter What you do to your wife
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 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