Her Side of It: Poems

Her Side of It Poems Marilyn Bushman Carlton notices the differences inherent or learned between men and women even in her own family Take sports for example In The Girls Game she notices how the fathers think of soc

  • Title: Her Side of It: Poems
  • Author: Marilyn Bushman-Carlton
  • ISBN: 9781560852087
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Marilyn Bushman Carlton notices the differences, inherent or learned, between men and women, even in her own family Take sports, for example In The Girls Game, she notices how the fathers think of soccer as the usual battlefield, while the daughters hear their mothers cotton voices and apologize Oh, sorry they tell their opponents No, you go ahead She m Marilyn Bushman Carlton notices the differences, inherent or learned, between men and women, even in her own family Take sports, for example In The Girls Game, she notices how the fathers think of soccer as the usual battlefield, while the daughters hear their mothers cotton voices and apologize Oh, sorry they tell their opponents No, you go ahead She makes an arc from the present back to her own childhood, then forward through marriage and the challenges of parenthood She explores a woman s choices, the joys and bumps along the way For instance, she realizes her husband would put his body between mine and a smoking train, then asks, Would you, My Sweet, like Pierre de Ch telard, write poems for your lady, be cinched into clothes with collars big as carriage wheels She writes of watching, unnoticed, her son dancing in his room, spinning in erratic ovals I watch, she writes, because I have never been a boy, fourteen, shuffling into a man, I have only been a mother I have been a girl in love with a boy this age Love is a delicate chain of moments, the poet writes Her approach to poetry is the same as toward love, delicate and interconnected As Kathleen Bryce Niles, past editor of the Comstock Review, writes, Bushman Carlton is an astute observer of human beings, particularly those closest to her, and her poems are both honest and touching.

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    1. What a beautiful collection. I recently read Carol Ann Duffy's _World's Wives_ and I loved it, but at times I found the feminism in it to be a little in-your-face and bordering on pushy. Bushman-Carlton's feminist poems are powerful and subtle. They'll leave you thinking for a long time. Plus, the fresh diction and imagery in the collection leave indelible prints on your brain.

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