Martha Williams, Director of Programs and Education, recommends Woman Without Shame by Sandra Cisneros.
In her new collection of poems—her first published in 28 years—Sandra Cisneros breathes fearless words into everyday life. The poems in this book are ripe with self-discovery and self-appreciation, but also desire and aging and death.
Acknowledging where she may find shame as she ages, Cisneros instead finds joy and humor and a deep understanding of how she wants to move in the world.
I was experimenting to be
the woman I wanted to be…
I was in training to be
a woman without shame.
~Tea Dance, Provincetown, 1982
Some poems are stamped with a year, allowing us to place them in her life’s timeline. Many feature the dreadfully ordinary—suddenly and simply extraordinary...
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