How Did This Happen? :Poems for the Not So Young Anymore by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez definitely caught my eye. Topical and timely for this reader.
"This is for every woman who has faced "OMG, how did this happen?"
Poetry books are not meant to be read front to back in my opinion. Instead they invite browsing. How Did This Happen gives you other options. The poems have delightfully been categorized:
Insult: When You Don't Recognize Yourself
Injury: When You Realize Aging Is A Thing
Defiance: When You Think You Can Make It All Go Away
Dread: When You Can't Even
Grit: When You Find A Way to Live With Yourself
Grace: When You Find A Way to Live In The World
There are truths in every entry.....I enjoyed "Being Called Ma'am" and "There Is A Girl Inside".
Esselman and Velez provide an introduction to every chapter, sharing their own and other's experiences. Mary D. Esselman is a freelance writer and teacher currently working for the University of Virginia's Women's Center. Elizabeth Ash Velez is the academic coordinator of the Community Program and professor of feminist theory at Georgetown University.
Check out the website - Aging While Female or the Facebook page and follow along on Twitter.
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