GirlSpoken from Pen Brush and Tongue. Eds. Jessica Hein, Heather Holland, and Carol Kauppi. Second Story Press, 2008. Print.
Reviewed by J. d'Artagnan Love
This book is a collection of essays, poems, and artwork by young women. It captures the complexity of a young woman's life. The book is broken into different sections based on subject.
The writing and poetry is delightful and the artwork is impressive. Girlspoken gives young women and girls a voice and offers a sense of strength and connection to its targeted audience.
The editors are the founders of GirlSpoken which is an organization focused on offering creative workshops for young women and girls. The project lead to the book and it is a great success.
If I had an adolescent niece or other relation, I would absolutely buy her a copy of this book. Below is a poem that was published in GirlSpoken. It is one of the many that spoke to me and tugged on my heartstrings.
A Glimpse“Despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, I have not yet been able to answer the great question that has never been answered: What does a woman want?” –Sigmund Freud
Let me tell you –
Tongues and crocuses,
books and cunts,
combat boots and tutus.
Climbing the ropes after learning them,
caffeine, someone to drink it with,a lock to keep them out, a key to let them in.
Extra-absorbant pads that don’t feel like pillows,
products for us, made by us,
that let us express ourselves
History told the way we saw it go by,
spaces in places that make the decisions,
and a home without beats, kicks, black eyes or incisions.
Experimenting in bed,
getting on top,
orgasms that lasts forever
(or at least a few minutes).
Occupations and payroll traditionally reserved for men,
the power to have organs,
that aren’t named after them.
Nipple rings and dildos
we wanna drive by our own light,
and do only what feels right.
We wanna be visible, accountable, respectable, and comfortable,
cause we’re handsome and wholesome and random and
and we’re much too complicated
to be summed up in a poem.
--Roshaya Rodness, Age 17
5 darts out of 5