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Bearing life : women's writings on childlessness / edited by Rochelle Ratner.

  • Ratner, Rochelle
Date
2001
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About this work

Description

"Bearing Life is the first anthology to marshal the power of literature to break this silence. Here, more than fifty contemporary writers reflect candidly and movingly on what it means to live as women without children. These stories, poems, and personal essays speak directly from - and to - the conflicting, often painful, and sometimes liberating emotions of childless women. In voices that range from mournful to jubliant, this diverse collection explores experiences of accepting infertility and of choosing abortion; of losing children to miscarriage, death, incarceration, or divorce; of creating a future in families, reimagined; of acknowledging loss and celebrating solitude."--From cover.

Publication/Creation

New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2001.

Physical description

vii, 248 pages ; 23 cm

Edition

First paperback edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-244).

Contents

Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- pt. 1. Facing choice -- January 1953 / Evelyn C. Rosser -- Reminded of my biological clock, while looking at Georgia O'Keeffe's Pelvis one / Denise Duhamel -- Women without children; women without families; women alone / Irena Klepfisz -- This is a question I do not answer / Mary Mackey -- From Rita Will / Rita Mae Brown -- Old maids / Sandra Cisneros -- The daughter of fur / Marge Piercy -- The vow / Elissa Raffa-- Tie me up, tie me off / Jodi Sh. Doff -- Minor surgery / Hettie Jones -- From The Joy Luck Club / Amy Tan -- Antisocial baby notes / Suzanne Ostro -- Pretty story / Amy Hempel -- Something I forgot to tell you / Deborah Boe -- Meditations on childlessness / Vicki Lindner -- The case against babies / Joy Williams -- The arm baby / Lynda Schor -- Outside the hive : a meditation on childlessness / Patricia Foster.
pt. 2. Knowing loss -- I get my period, September 1964 / Diane Di Prima -- From Crossing the moon / Paulette Bates Alden -- Forty, trembling / Wendy Rose -- The wash house / Pamela Walker -- Outside Pisa / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni -- The deferred dream / Tony Dent -- The childless woman poems / Becky Birtha -- The mother / Joyce Carol Oates -- Cutting my heart out : notes toward a novel / Sandra Scofield -- The weremother / Kit Reed -- Stork talk / Rochelle Ratner -- Mother and two daughters / Janice Eidus -- Taking the train to Harmon / Daniela Gioseffi -- Norton #59900 / Judee Norton -- The child taken from the mother / Minnie Bruce Pratt -- In the garden / Grace Paley -- All the colors of sunset / Luci Tapahonso -- Nothing / Linda Hogan -- Mother of nothing / Naomi Shihab Nye.
pt. 3. Bearing life -- Land of the living / Kathleen Norris -- Liferower / Rebecca McClanahan -- You remember Sophia / Valerie Miner -- From Obasan / Joy Kogawa -- A lifetime / Ana Castillo -- Hairball / Margaret Atwood -- Chick without children : the latest celebrity interview / Nikki Dillon -- Cherry-Shiree / Shylah Boyd -- Parent as a verb / Donna Brook -- The question of children / Jane Rule -- All my kids / Elizabeth Marraffino-Rees -- Imagining motherhood / Julia Alverez -- From Black woman artist becoming / Bell Hooks -- From Journal of a solitude / May Sarton -- Upbringing / Milly Peacock.

Languages

  • English


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ISBN

  • 1558612750
  • 9781558612754
  • 155861236X
  • 9781558612365