I’m still quite humbled to be included with the acclaimed poets in this anthology. The tagline is, “Words can kill, but words can also heal.” Conceived in response to a brutal gang-rape in India, it features the raw experiences of women the world over. Degradation, stoning, domestic violence and a widow’s ritualized suicide are just a few of the topics brought out by some of the world’s greatest living poets:
• Nat’l Endowment for the Arts, Faulkner, Mslexia, and Parallel recipient, Jane Satterfield;
• Rita Banerji (India), founder of the Fifty Million Missing Campaign;
• U.S. Dept of Education Blue Ribbon recipient, Linda K. Arnold;
• Carlos Palanca and Nick Joaquin Literary awards recipient Shane Carreon (Philippines);
• Isabella Gardner and Pushcart recipient, Laure-Anne Bosselaar;
• Newcastle Poetry Prize and Kathleen Grattan Award recipient Jennifer Compton (Australia)
• MacDowell and Pushcart recipient, Ravi Shankar;
• Trinidad-born poet Mervyn Taylor;
• A Room of Her Own Foundation resident and Luminaire Award recipient, Comanche/German mestiza wordsmith Shauna Osborn;
• Maryland Poet Laureate, LA Times Book Prize and Nat’l. Book Award finalist, Linda Pastan;
• Irish-language Book of the Year recipient, Áine Ní Ghlinn;
• Dozens of others from all over the world—and me.
Editor and poet Smita Sahay proposed the book along with Charles Fishman, Aesthetica Poet of the Year and Professor Emeritus at SUNY, who made it a reality.
Here’s the cover by Lucy Lieu. (Pre-pub sale has passed.)