Poems on Mothers and Motherhood
edited by Rishma Dunlop
420 pp $24.95
Edited by poet Rishma Dunlop, White Ink is a rare and stunning collection by some of the finest poets of the late twentieth and early twenty fi rst century. White Ink is an anthology in which the world’s social and political changes, as well as the imaginative pulse of the past three decades, are uniquely refl ected in poetry on motherhood. Th e mother emerges as a powerful, recurring, and central theme in contemporary poetry, written across cultures, ethnicities, languages, genders, and across geographies, politics, and histories White Ink off ers the reader a selection of some of the most compelling voices on the subject, male, female, and international. Unsentimental, edgy, and unfl inching, this is a gem of an anthology. A beautiful, satisfying read.
Poets include Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Joy Harjo, Sharon Olds, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier, Allen Ginsberg, Irving Layton, Priscila Uppal, Sandra Gilbert, Grace Paley, Samuel Menashe, Marilyn Hacker, Steven Heighton, C.D. Wright, Cherrie Moraga, Natasha Trethewey, Rita Dove, Adrienne Rich, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Nicole Brossard, Marie Ponsot, Mahmoud Darwish, Naomi Shihab Nye, Fady Joudah, Daphne Marlatt, Molly Peacock, and many others.
Rishma Dunlop is the winner of the 2003 Emily Dickinson Award. She is the author of three books of poetry: Metropolis (Mansfi eld Press, 2005), Reading Like a Girl (Black Moss Press, 2004) and The Body of My Garden (Mansfi eld Press, 2002). Rishma is also co-editor of Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets (Mansfi eld Press, 2004), and her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines. She is a professor of literature and education at York University in Toronto, Canada.