Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: “The Letter” by Amy Lowell

“The Letter” is playful and fanciful, celebrating the beloved through letter writing—although in the final stanza, Amy Lowell reveals the complexity of her emotions.

Ms. Muse: This is a Feminist Poetry Manifesta

Ms. is carving out a new discovery place for riotous, righteous and resonant feminist poetry to nourish and give voice to a rising tide of female resistance—and it starts right here.

Comedy is Part of Feminist History—and We Need it Now More Than Ever

There is no fiercer political weapon than laughter. Feminists have known that all along.

The Lesbian Poets of Headmistress Press: Jessica K. Hylton and Jen Rouse in Conversation

Two lesbian poets talk about journeys, being seen and fusing the biographic with the fantastic.

Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: “The Quiet Woman” by Genevieve Taggard

Women have been responding to sexual harassment for generations. Poet Genevieve Taggard, born in 1894 in Washington state, was one of them; in “The Quiet Woman,” she captures fury and anger “like a surly tiger” of a woman fending off an unwanted advance.

We Heart: Beyoncé’s Powerful Coachella Performance Celebrating Black Women

“Thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline Coachella. Ain’t that ’bout a bitch.”

Walking “20 Weeks” in Her Shoes

Leena Pendharkar’s film 20 Weeks allows viewers to walk in the shoes of a couple making a major decision around pregnancy and abortion—flipping the script to let the personal drive the political.

We Still Need the Sexy, Bilingual Poetry of tatiana de la tierra

A multilingual poet, publisher, print-based activist, begrudging academic, lover of smut and eternal other, de la tierra was everything I couldn’t resist as a young, queer writer still struggling to find community.

Write Like Prayers: Revolutionary Poems for Young Feminists

Haley Jakobson lost everything, wrote it all down and then put it on the Internet; Samantha Giuliano decided to draw it. Their resulting book, Write Like Prayers, is the opposite of a vow of silence—and we’ve got two excerpts for National Poetry Month.

These Photos Celebrate What Empowers Women

The photography project CELEBRATE WOMEN has become a uniquely multidimensional, transnational dialogue on the complexity of the female identity.

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