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The Feminist Wire is proud to publish outstanding works by established and emerging artists in our Arts & Culture section. We feature poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama, as well as visual art, film, design, and works that cross generic boundaries. Our Arts & Culture section showcases the works of artists at all stages in their artistic lives. Our “Spotlight” series features innovative work by celebrated writers, poets, and artists; our “Suites” series collects the works of several emerging artists thinking through similar themes. We also publish in several other formats, including genre-bending forms like the lyric essay, and short poems or flash fiction pieces on compelling feminist themes. We invite you to take a look, and submit your work!

2 poems by Margaree Little

April 16, 2014
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BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  In the summer the...
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Two Poems by Erin Parks

April 9, 2014
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By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how to maneuver each curl....
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Two Poems by Emma Victoria Miller

April 2, 2014
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By Emma Victoria Miller     The Water Carrier   Last night I dreamt of the house of the girl who drew water, The girl of the three miracles, The girl who drowned at sea. Last night I dreamt of my Manderley, Not buried nor burnt, nor overgrown, No fairytale house, it stands strong...
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Poetry by Teré Fowler-Chapman

March 26, 2014
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Truth levitated like smoke Thoughts came from the depth of our bellies Rose and set like a fresh breath in   Out of all the names left hanging on trees Burned on crosses Torn at the mercy of animals teeth   Out of all the names gunned down in the name of God Raped...
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Dark Energy (a poem)

March 25, 2014
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Samiya A. Bashir

By Samiya A. Bashir Reflecting upon Toni Cade Bambara’s timeless novel The Salt Eaters on the occasion of  her 75th birthday anniversary.   Wake from nightmares midchant. Squish sandblown eyes still as death with a hum bird’s beating heart. Shake mammatus thunder from Eton blue to cinnamon to sepia to sand. Will back sleep then wake and stretch infinite as fresh eyeteeth...
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Three Poems by Aya de Leon

March 19, 2014
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By Aya de Leon   eulogy for my ass     friends   loved ones we are gathered today to pay our respects to bid farewell to my young ass   born in less bootylicious times she grew up perky.     .precocious always reaching for the stars   in spandex throughout the late eighties shaking in...
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Two Pieces by Karin Cotterman

March 12, 2014
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By Karin Cotterman     Radiation/Journey to basement and waiting room   I enter the sliding glass door of the building as if I am going to see my dentist who is on the 3rd floor. I ride up with others, medical professionals, patients and visitors to the 5th floor, where I don’t turn...
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Poem Suite: Retold

March 5, 2014
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In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, three poets consider familiar stories reconceived, reimagined, and retold.   Fable of the Flying Fox By Amber West     He fancies himself.                         .paedophagus pirate .       crack ornithologist.                                           .a seaman, really navigating...
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Mockeries of Separation (a poem)

February 28, 2014
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. by e nina jay   “we must not hide behind the mockeries of separations that have been imposed upon us and which we so often accept as our own.”   ~audre lorde . . racism    classism    sexism    homophobia   ableism any kind of –ism you can think of ‘cause even these words are a...
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Audre Lorde Comes to Spelman College Archive 2009

February 27, 2014
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By Opal Moore   “I must always be/ building nests in a windy place” . Audre Lorde, “Portrait”  . “Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.” . Gwendolyn  Brooks, “2nd Sermon on the Warpland”     In a world of conventions, Audre Lorde was unconventional. In a world of boxes,...
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  • 2 poems by Margaree Little molly little

    BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  [...]

  • Two Poems by Erin Parks then and now

    By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how [...]

  • Two Poems by Emma Victoria Miller GIRL_A~1

    By Emma Victoria Miller     The Water Carrier   Last night I dreamt of the house of the girl who drew water, The girl of the three miracles, The girl who drowned at sea. Last night I dreamt of my Manderley, Not buried nor burnt, nor overgrown, No fairytale [...]