*An update from the land of “blogging haitis”* I come with the exciting news of winning first place in the We Are All The Same Poetry Contest! If you have my book Versions of the Self or have been following this blog for a while now then you will likely recognize the poem “Equality and Vision.” If you haven’t read it before, I hope you will head over to Vanessa Souza D’Alessio’s site to check it out. I’m so pleased to have been chosen for first place!
The We Are All The Same Project, which funded the contest, is doing wonderful things for feminism so please take a look around and subscribe to the site too. Thank you to everyone who supports poetry, women’s rights, and my writing efforts.
by Christy Birmingham
Self-respecting we stand,
Where once we did hunch over
With guilt, second-prize ribbons and a
Countertop lined with ingredients to cook.
We stand tall in the glow of securing the
Right to vote, as we step toward visions of
Our equality with the muscular forces –
Let’s see the vision soon without wearing glasses,
Even within home walls where cameras do not go.
There is still work to do, as we strive for
Equal pay and we are haunted by the
Memories of physical and emotional abuse,
From past years, last months and this morning.
There are bodies that choose to chain us down.
We speak up louder with each day that passes,
Striving to reach a volume that cracks windows of
Disregard. We do not pass on opportunities to
Honor and represent the women who
Have brought us to the path we travel today.
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