Friday, August 31, 2018

I WISH I'D WRITTEN THIS

YOU FIT INTO ME


you fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye


Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Coalition is now a movement in itself,
in response to political trends targeting women and minority groups:
"Fighting to keep fiction from becoming reality"

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these two poems, Sherry. I love Margaret Atwood's novels and have read only a few of her poems, so this was a treat.

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  2. Both are wonderful poems, Sherry. Actually I did not realize she wrote poetry in addition to fiction. The first poem is powerful - perhaps even moreso because of its brevity. The second poem - oh yes, we own nothing! We have to keep being reminded of this. Thanks for this interesting feature!

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  3. I enjoyed putting this together. Hers was a strong voice in Canada when i was discovering feminism. She has had a stellar career.

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  4. A wonderful writer, thanks for sharing this post, Sherry!!

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  5. Atwood really rules and rocks the roost. And her poetry, is really very unique and extremely word-scalpel precise. She writes with incredible certainty and authority and her voice, although many claim is "prophetic" for her "visionary" ideas, is actually, as she has noted, often - simply is not more than noting the obvious as it already exists. Atwood really cuts through the illusions and just edges her way to sitting right under the skin.

    Wonderful selections Sherry; I've just finished reading some of her collected poems, written from when she was a young woman - and they are so completely on.spot - it's stunning for loss of breath.

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  6. Yes, she does tell it like it is. I am amazed she foresaw in the 70's the dystopian threat we are seeing now. I also love what an activist she is.

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  7. Great novelist.I recommend " Cat's Eye" a book every girl should read.I have never read her poetry ...will check it out.

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  8. Good stuff, Sherry! Whenever I haven't been reading Atwood for a while, I glance at these two poems--yes, these two--my absolute favorites--and remember why I love her. I never could bring myself to watch the film versions of handmaid's Tale, though--just too horrible. And I've had difficulty reading her post apocalyptic trilogy--Oryx and Crake, etc. Ok, so now, maybe i'm ready to go back for more. She is BRAVE, she is worthy of the terms Poet and Writer.

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  9. I have been hesitant to watch Handmaid's Tale, too, just so dark........and I dont read fiction any more, only memoir and real life stuff. But she is definitely to be admired. She has had an amazing career.

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  10. An awesome post, Sherry. I was a big Margaret Atwood fan in University and my early years of marriage. For some reason (I have no idea why) I lost touch with her. (So many wonderful writers ... so few reading hours ~ sigh ~ Thanks for the reintroduction!

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  11. I didn't know Margaret Atwood wrote fictions! She is one of my favorite poets. Thanks for the feature Sherry.

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    1. Yay! Yes, she has many books out. I read her in the 70's, when I was still reading fiction. She introduced me to feminism, along with many other well known names. I fell upon MS Magazine with happy cries of relief and recognition, lol.

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  12. Wonderful, Sherry! I'm mad about Margaret Atwood! Particularly her poetry, but also her fiction. We were born in the same year, so I guess it was perfect timing for me to read her when her work reached these shores. Also she visited Australia – oh, quite a number of years ago now – and I fell in love with her warmth, humour, intelligence and lack of pretension when I saw her interviewed on TV. You have chosen two wonderful poems. (I found it hard to cope with reading The Handmaid's tale, though, because it was SO confronting, even back then when it was first written. I was unable to watch more than a few minutes of the TV show. Just too horrifying. Yes I know, even more horrifying as it starts to unfold in real life ... but still....)

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    1. I havent been able to watch it either, Rosemary. Watching it in real life is horrifying enough.

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  13. Love The moment One of my favourite poems

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  14. yes I wish I'd written this - especially
    "the birds take back their language,"
    and the quote is something I am taking away with me to sit on
    thank you for sharing this Sherry

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