ALL THE FEMINIST POETS features a single poem and an interview from a feminist poet that we love.
Elline Lipkin is currently a Research Scholar with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women. She also teaches poetry for Writing Workshop Los Angeles. Her first book, The Errant Thread, was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award, and her second book Girls’ Studies was published by Seal Press. After many peripatetic years spent in all regions of the US and abroad, she now lives in Los Angeles.
In literal French: a sorceress, a witch, also slang for any older,
unmarried woman. In French custom, a sorcière is also the name
for a simple band worn as a safeguard above a wedding ring.
a thin slice of dun moon, its pressed lips
un-made-up against the stars’ hoyden brass.
a tin wrinkle marring the stone’s set face,
a pucker of grey band capping the light’s fall.
the concierge against her 6 a.m. broom, restless to sweep
two sets of 4 a.m. prints, fugitives fled past her door.
the loose gleam off a crinoline, a fille de joie’s indolent wink,
bordered by the nun’s stern wimple, the crone’s weird glance.
flash status against the spinster’s slow fade, last aunt,
the mystery within the sealed attic’s rat-a-tat-tat.
two cards pulled side by side from the arcana,
the diamond’s naive reach, the queen’s argentine pall.
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