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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, May

Aerogram Letters
In our house photographs were stored in an old shoebox my father kept on the top shelf of his wardrobe. Like my mother's button jar, this box had its own magnetism, my brother and I loved to spill its contents out on the table and order and reorder the...
A Seat at the Front of the Bus of American Poetry: Wanda Coleman's "Retro Rogue Anthology" in Mercurochrome
A substantial part of Wanda Coleman's poetic achievement in her 2001 collection Mercurochrome--a bronze medal finalist in poetry for the National Book Awards--lies in its fifth section, titled "Retro Rogue Anthology." The longest section in the collection,...
Biography of Wanda Coleman
Wanda Coleman (1946-2013) was born in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her mother cleaned houses and worked as a seamstress, while her father worked in journalism and advertising; Coleman credits him with teaching her how to typeset and lay out...
Consuming Figures: Wanda Coleman, Writing, and the Flesh
Wanda Coleman's reputation as a poet of the city of Los Angeles eclipses much else about her career. Literary critics have codified her as among the most important of L.A. writers, and she has been included in anthologies of Los Angeles literature more...
Cover Artist
Linda Marrinon (1959-) How I hate Sexism (1982) synthetic polymer paint on canvas image 129.0 x 76.0 cm frame 132.0 x 78.8 x 6.7 cm Collection of The University of Queensland. Gift of Michael Eliadis through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts...
Editorial
Well, here is the first of two forty-year anniversary issues of Hecate. A little group of marxist feminists sat in Brisbane in International Women's Year in 1975 deciding to set up an academic journal, around the time that the founders of Signs and Feminist...
For the Sake of the Children: Class, Anxiety and Childhood in Barbara Noble's Doreen
Goodnight, children, everywhere Your Mummy thinks of you tonight Lay your head upon your pillow Don't be a kid or a weeping willow. ...
Keeping Mum
After the birth of my second child I suffered post-natal depression. While on the surface I kept up the appearance of coping, underneath I felt dis-abled, impaired, and unable to function properly. I was filled with self-doubt and withdrew to a silent...
"Misfitting" Mothers: Feminism, Disability and Mothering
The claim that, "feminist scholarship and disability studies scholarship are natural partners" (Piepmeier, Cantrell and Maggio, np), is an increasingly common one. Over the last decade, a number of scholars (Garland-Thomson; Kafer; Lloyd; Wendell) have...
Saying Goodbye: Elegiac Subjectivity in Wanda Coleman's the World Falls Away
Many of the poems in The World Falls Away (2011), Wanda Coleman's last published solo collection, incorporate techniques already familiar to her long-time readers. She continues several series of identically-named poems begun in earlier collections,...
The Impact of "Good Mothering" Ideology on Identity Perception for Mothers of Children with Disabilities
Not only does having a child with a disability force women to change the fundamental practical concerns of everyday life; but it can also have a profound effect upon the way women see themselves as individuals. There is already a substantial body of...
The Uses of Anger: Wanda Coleman and the Poetry of Black Rage
In late 2014, black people in the United States took to the streets in protest. Spurred on by the failure of grand juries to indict neither Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown, nor Officer Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Gardner...
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