femmage | 20 aug 1841

20 aug 1841 Maria Louise Pool

Maria Louise Pool (20 aug 1841 – 18 may 1898 | Rockland MA – Rockland MA) author, social novelist, magazine writer | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

femmage | 19 aug 1817

19 aug 1817 Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant (19 aug 1817 – 04 jan 1904 | Philadelphia PA – San Francisco CA) abolitionist, social activist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, aka Mammy Pleasant, Mother of Human Rights in California | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

state.by.state | women.poets.washington

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Mary E. Barnard (1910 – 2001)

Irene Drennan (1922 – 2008)

Ella Rhoads Higginson (1862 – 1940)

Marion Kimes (1930 – 2104)

Carolyn Kizer (1925 – 2014)

Denise Levertov (1923 – 1997)

Jeanne Lohmann (1923 – 2016)

Ruth Ludlow Osato (1927 – 2005)

Karen Perry (1945 – 2012)

Carrie Shaw Rice (1862 – 1926)

Sarah Singer (1915 – 2011)

Genevieve Taggard (1894 – 1948)

Eve Triem (1902 – 1992 )

Sara Jorgenson Woodbury (1944 – 2006)

. . . . .

Sources: PoetsWest Directory;
Wikipedia: Poets from Washington

femmage | 18 aug 1823

18 aug 1823 Phoebe Yates Pember

Phoebe Yates Levy Pember (18 aug 1823 – 04 mar 1913 | Charleston SC – Pittsburgh PA) memoirist, medical pioneer, Civil War nurse, Confederate hospital administrator | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

Hush*

quiet ladies
future poets
if you’ll listen

anti-fanaticists
not poppycock
elegy’s excuses

burning torches
peculiar profiles
opposing houses

sweetwater, bitter
dancing the bones
improbable bottles

livelihood of crows
secure the shadows
command the stars

haunting hair shirts
sacred-space images
forms of intercession

bewildered families
Ota Benga in a cage
homesteads in chains

notes of American lyres
under my mother’s roof
guides to Old Dominion

latest wife figure studies
lyrical: forever is too long
time’s unmarked gardens

big brother, littler sisters
other spiritual adventures
changelings, flocks of birds

dust and flames whispering
some things just go together
snippets gather in the seasons

candles on the sill: two negatives
latent leisure’s re-captivated voice
ordinary words inside new galaxies

grey storm books faded, reframed
when the wind stops over and over
days going out, nights coming back

ignorant impatience no longer reigns
everything glistens — everything sings
Virginia must transform herself, again

. . . . .

 

*Honoring Heather Heyer and All
Found poetry by Susan Powers Bourne
Source: State.by.State | Women.Poets.Virginia