I still write about
what it is to be a woman
because it is a conversation
that still needs to happen
because there are things
I’ve never told anyone
for fear I’d not
withstand the telling
because my inner dialogue is unceasing
reminding myself that
has permission to make me shrink
to feel less than
to be insecure
because there are still
too many times
that I dim my own shine
just to go unnoticed
so I can walk down a street
because I was taught
to become smaller
to make space
to reserve a place
for a man
to come into my life
because I was hushed
when I dreamed loudly
and visioneered with passion “That’s all well and good while you’re single something to keep you busy”
as if my own identity was merely a place-holder
rather than a purpose
I still write about
what it means
to be a woman
because I still get the feeling around some men
that they think I am any of this
because fighting for my rightful place
and speaking up to be heard
and refusing to be subservient to anyone
gets me labeled
because my path looks different–
I must be defective
and completely self-centered
because I believe in partnership
the equal weighing in on decisions
and I demand to be respected and admired
for all that I am
so apparently I must loathe men
because I’m still misunderstood
and I’m only one
out of millions
my story echoes the voices of
my sisters and
and womyn throughout all of herstory
who have never been heard
who have rarely been seen for who we really are
because I am a fierce warrior
and a tender woman
I have hard, unflinching resolve
and soft, intoxicating sensuality
I practice relentless compassion
even though I’m laughed at
for being so sensitive
because feeling isn’t weak
it takes strength–
courage not bravado
to look myself in the mirror naked
to look into my history uncensored
and still find beauty
to fall madly in love with myself
because even though the good examples
and the temptation to give in to despair
I still believe in commitment
and dream of relationship
hoping against hope there’s an
ever becoming man
who wants to co-create art|works
t r u e
I still write about what it is
to be a woman
because I am a poet
this enigmatic experience
If you’re in Central Texas, please join us Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 1pm for a special Womyn’s Reading & Open Mic sponsored by HOT~ITWOW.
This reading is a part of the 2013 Waco Cultural Arts Fest, WordFest component and will feature: Anne McCrady of Tyler, Texas reading selections from her new publication, Letting Myself In; Marcie Eanes of Racine, Wisconsin reading selections from her new publication, Passion’s Zest; and Jenuine Poetess of Waco, Texas.
The first meeting will be Friday, September 13, 6 PM, at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. Our final meeting will be December 13. We will NOT meet Friday, November 29, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
I received much positive feedback about the summer session! Attendance was up, spirits were high, and the specific poetry workshop dates were a big success! I know we can bring that great energy to the fall session!
Don’t forget to invite your friends, mother, co-workers, females of all ages and experience levels. ITWOW is just as much about writing as it is community.
The first meeting will be Friday, June 14, 6 PM, at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore. Our final meeting will be August 9. (We might not meet Friday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday. I’ll keep you posted as the date draws closer.)
So! Keep your Fridays open and your pen close, find a pretty journal, read all kinds of poetry and prose, and get ready for a summer of creativity and fun!
I can’t wait to see you all on Friday, June 14 and all summer long!
By the end of the spring session in April, we hope to publish a booklet of ITWOW poetry/prose/fiction/words! This is an new, exciting venture for us, and we need your wonderful words!
Feel free to submit poems, essays, short fiction pieces (less than 1000 words), etc. You may submit as many as you like. However, if you submit more than one piece, there is no guarantee everything you submitted will be included.
The deadline for submission is April 19 (subject to change).
So, write your heart out and email your best work to itwow.sfv [at] gmail [dot] com!
If you haven’t been able to sleep since the holidays, always asking yourself, “When does ITWOW start?” then this announcement is for you!
I am pleased to announce In The Words of Womyn, spring 2013 will begin Friday, February 8, at 6 PM at Tia Chucha’s! We will continue for 11-12 weeks with an end date of Friday, April 26. We might have a week off to observe Spring Break; I will let you know once the date(s) draw closer. Bring a friend, spread the word, bust out your paper and pen, and let’s get creative!
For more ITWOW news, stay tuned to this website, or email itwow.sfv [at] gmail [dot] com.