Summer 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Smashing the Mold Straight off: Feminist Poetry Now

No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets edited with an introduction by Florence Howe. New York: Harper-Collins, 1993. 488 pages. $15.00, paper. In the last twenty years, the feminist movement and the parallel emergence of feminist poetry, together with similar political movements and poetries of people of color and gays and lesbians, have utterly changed the landscape of American poetry. These movements have coalesced with such speed and force that mainstream critical and literary journals are still catching up with them, and remain at the beginning in understanding the changes they have forced. What is considered "appropriate" for a poem, particularly one by a woman writer--the range of subject matter, language, the point of view allowed or expected--has changed to an extent that was almost unimaginable twenty years ago. We have new subject matters for poetry now, new languages to use in making poems, new perspectives and angles of vision to take i

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