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Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women - White
POETRY FEATURED ARTIST CONTRIBUTORS GUIDELINES ABOUT TIMELINE
Gail White


Points in Favor of Being a Woman

No one asks you what you think.
No one cares what you believe.
At your heresies, they wink.
All your failings, they reprieve.

Pain and fear can make you shrink--
No one minds if you're not brave.
When the ship's about to sink,
You're the first the crew will save.

If you have ambitious schemes,
No one's bothered if they fail.
You can hitch your hopes and dreams
To the nearest rising male.
Pity men their lives of stress:
You're successful with much less.



Astrolabe

Is that a name to give your only son?
What did you care? My mother loved you so
she threw off beauty and became a nun
only because you said, "It's over. Go,
you bride of Christ, we're only siblings now."
I never saw you save by fits and starts
and poor relations raised me, God knows how--
in wedlock born, a bastard in your hearts.
True, mother found me a small benefice
which kept me in the church, and therefore near
to her, but never near enough to kiss,
or talk with no one else to overhear.
Her love, your life, remained a world apart.
It took the pair of you to break my heart.

































AUTHOR BIO

Gail White is active in the formalist poetry movement, with recent or forthcoming work in Measure, Raintown Review, and First Things. Her poems appear in the Best of Barefoot Muse anthology, Southern Poetry--Louisiana, and two Pocket Poets anthologies. She co-edited the anthology The Muse Strikes Back and is the author of three books of poetry, the latest being The Accidental Cynic. Her new chapbook, Sonnets in a Hostile World, is available from Amazon. She lives with her husband and three cats in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Earlier work in Mezzo Cammin: 2010.1 & 2007.1.

POETRY CONTRIBUTORS

Diann Blakely
Terese Coe
Enda Coyle-Greene
Erica Dawson (Featured Poet)
Nicole Caruso Garcia
Terry Godbey
Tracey Gratch
Athena Kildegaard
Diane Lockward
Mary McLean
Mary Meriam
Jennifer Reeser
Susan Spear
Myrna Stone
Doris Watts
Gail White
Marly Youmans

NEWS
Mezzo Cammin is proud to announce the third anniversary of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which will be celebrated on Thursday, March 21, from 6:00-9:00 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as part of its PAFA After Dark series and in affiliation with its exhibition The Female Gaze. Featured readers will include Rachel Hadas, Marilyn Nelson, and Sonia Sanchez. Also performing will be singer Suzzette Ortiz and poets from the Philadelphia Youth Movement. The event is open to the public.
FEATURED ARTIST
Jean Shin: Much of my work is site-specific, establishing a dialogue with not only architecture and outdoor spaces, but also the communities that inhabit and activate them. By reinserting used, familiar materials back into the public realm, I invite a large, diverse audience to bring their own histories to the work. Through these encounters each installation forms its own imagined community, revealing new associations and meanings for ephemera, and speaking to our shared experiences.
ARCHIVES
LINKS
POETRY
32 Poems
The Academy of American Poets
The Atlantic
The Christian Science Monitor
The Cortland Review
Favorite Poem Project
The Frost Place
The Iowa Review
Light Quarterly
Modern American Poetry
Measure
The Poem Tree
Poetry
Poetry Daily
Poetry Society of America
Poets House
Raintown Review
Slate
String Poet
Valparaiso Poetry Review
Verse Daily
Women's Poetry Listserv
The Yale Review

CONFERENCES
AWP
Bread Loaf
Poetry by the Sea
Sewanee


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