For the next 12 days or so, every day up until our What Is Feminist Poetry? event we are collaborating on with Threads Equality Agency, we will be sharing a poem which exemplifies feminist poetry in one way or another – to celebrate these voices and start exploring the ideas and experiences they raise. Who writes feminist poetry? What is it about, and what kind of language does it use?
And remember – our event will include an open mic segment so please do bring along (or comment below!) any poetry you’ve written which you think explores or illustrates your experience of your gender, or poetry by anyone else (living, dead, celebrated, anonymous or otherwise) which you think deserves to be shared, discussed, or heard.
To start us off, here’s a poem by Adrienne Rich: a poem about the language women use to write poetry, to communicate their experiences – about the relationships between women and their shared and different experiences across time and space, how the personal is essentially political, and how women can use poetry to speak about their lives, and speak to each other.