Happy International Women's day!
A short and sweet post today to share four collections I have read over the years which are powerful testimonies on womanhood. A reminder, however, that womanhood is not reserved for cisgendered women only! If you have any recommendations which explore womanhood as the kaleidoscope it is, I would love to hear them.
1. Girlblood by Lauren Poole
Poole's latest chapbook, available online, is an incredibly raw yet masterful ode to survival, sex and sexuality. Brutal and blunt in its delivery, Poole owns her truth and encourages any reader to own theirs too.
2. The Myths of Girlhood by Christine E. Ray
Ray has always been a force to be reckoned with since her days sharing her work online at Whisper and the Roar, Blood into Ink and now as a co-founder of Indie Blu(e) Publishing. Her second collection is a beautifully vulnerable portrayal of girlhood in particular and how womanhood is shaped as a result for everyone.
3. A Girl is a Shapeshifter by Jasmine S. Higgins
A firm favourite of mine when it comes to poetry collections, Higgins' style is sheer comfort. I find it so easy to see myself in her work and words. Higgins explores sex, womanhood, relationships and where the self remains within life and our nostalgia.
4. Crimson Skins by Devika Mathur
Mathur is a modern day Plath in how she weaves imagery; this collection is a testament to her sheer skill in surrealist poetry and prose. I choose this collection in particular because Mathur gifts us with an insight into the self, womanhood and the relationship with our mothers through an abstract lens and it is stunning.
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*The final three are also available on Amazon.