Poetry. How do we care for a broken world, especially when we ourselves are broken-hearted? How do we nurture others when we have scarce resources? How do we maintain our own sense of self under these pressures? The work of care falls disproportionately on women and often renders them lacking and unacknowledged in their labor. GENTLEWOMEN explores personal and historical trauma, bonds between mothers and sisters, and our estrangement from the natural world and from ourselves due to an exploitative and extractive relationship to land and peoples (human and otherwise). Through an allegorical envisioning of a world that is like our own but heightened through the individual lives and responsibilities of three sisters, Natura, Providentia, and Fortuna, the poems sound out in mourning and frustration—and try to imagine the world otherwise. A transformative journey through the shadows towards reconciliation both between sisters and with oneself.
Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist, and the author of GENTLEWOMEN (Noemi Press, 2020), DESIRING MAP (Noemi Press, 2015) and DEEP CITY (Coconut Books, 2012). An Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Kansas, she teaches in the MFA and PhD Creative Writing program and is a Co-Director of the KU Global Grasslands CoLABorative. She is also the founder and curator of the Ad Astra Writing Project.
Author City: LAWRENCE, KS USA