Women of Resistance



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About the Book

A collection with a feminist ethos that cuts across race, gender identity, and sexuality.

Creative activists have reacted to the 2016 Presidential election in myriad ways. Editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan have drawn on their profound knowledge of the poetry scene to put together an extraordinary list of poets taking a feminist stance against the new authority. What began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets—to be released as a handbound chapbook—has grown into something far more substantial and ambitious: a fully fledged anthology of women’s resistance, with proceeds supporting Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Representing the complexity and diversity of contemporary womanhood and bolstering the fight against racism, sexism, and violence, this collection unites powerful new writers, performers, and activists with established poets. Contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Sandra Beasley, Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Danielle Chapman, Tyehimba Jess, Kimberly Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Maureen N. McLane, Joyce Peseroff, Mary Ruefle, Trish Salah, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman, and Rachel Zucker.

204 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682191-38-5 • E-book 978-1-682191-39-2

About the Editors

danielle barnhart author photo

Photograph courtesy Danielle Barnhart


iris mahan author photo

Photograph © Jeremy Paschall

Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan are the founding editors of Village of Crickets, a leading literary website. Danielle Barnhart is the recipient of the 2015 Donald Everett Axinn Award in Poetry, and coordinates programming for Adelphi University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Iris Mahan is a graduate of Adelphi University’s MFA Program, where she was the recipient of The Robert Muroff Scholarship in Creative Writing. She spends her days at The Center for Fiction (New York City), and her nights translating and writing poetry.

Read an Excerpt

after Danez Smith, with a line by Ol’ Dirty Bastard
by Safia Elhillo

if you read this in red maybe i didn’t

survive    every day i go missing    one

eyelash at a time    or sometimes        all

at once        & in the heaven for

blackgirls gone away    we walk in

& out of rivers & wear    our good silks

our good brown velvet bodies    dripping

with sunlight    we sprout leaves & no one

decides for us to cut or keep them    we

bear fruit & self-sustain        we tread water we

pluck the moon for our hair & another grows

in its place    we are sistered or unsistered

but never again to a dead thing    somewhere

a rope turns & turns & our feet never    touch

the ground    somewhere a song plays & plays

& names us with each touch of a needle to our

round black surfaces

i’m hanging out        /partying/with girls/that never die


To the Woman Crying Uncontrollably in the Next Stall
by Kim Addonizio

If you ever woke in your dress at 4am ever

closed your legs to someone you loved opened

them for someone you didn’t moved against

a pillow in the dark stood miserably on a beach

seaweed clinging to your ankles paid

good money for a bad haircut backed away

from a mirror that wanted to kill you bled

into the back seat for lack of a tampon

if you swam across a river under rain sang

using a dildo for a microphone stayed up

to watch the moon eat the sun entire

ripped out the stitches in your heart

because why not if you think nothing &

no one can / listen I love you joy is coming