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This timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.
Emily Dickinson advised, "If your Nerve, deny you—/ Go above your Nerve." Susan J. Erickson, winner of the Brick Road Press for her book Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine, believes that women who live “above Nerve” qualify as Nasty Women. Jessica Lee has been published in American Literary Review, BOAAT, cream city review, DIAGRAM, Fugue, and phoebe, and was finalist for the Greg Grummer Poetry Award and the So to Speak Poetry Contest. Jennifer Bullis, a finalist for the Moon City Press Poetry, is author of the chapbook Impossible Lessons (MoonPath Press). Carolyne Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press). She lives in Seattle, but she was born in Bellingham!
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