Over more than 40 years, the Alice James Poetry Cooperative has published over 100 books. The press, named for the sister of William and Henry James and whose work was not recognized in her lifetime, has published exciting, award-winning poetry with an emphasis on the work of women. This anthology presents examples of this work, well-chosen to highlight the strength and diversity of the voices.
The excellent Forward by Maxine Kumin puts the work in an historical perspective. “This is a big book: a reader needs fortitude to undertake its 200+ pages, but anthologies are meant to be sipped, not gulped thirstily. Nevertheless, in gradual and measured swallows, I have down the entire collection, the 130-odd disparate celebratory, elegiac, lyrical, lofty, comic, surreal, imagist, formalist, postmodern bards.”