Magazine article Herizons

At Our Core: Women Writing about Power

Magazine article Herizons

At Our Core: Women Writing about Power

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AT OUR CORE: WOMEN WRITING ABOUT POWER

SANDRA HALDEMAN MARTZ

PAPIER-MACHE PRESS 216PP 1998

At Our Core tries to answer the questions how do we define power, how do we get it or use it? Differing definitions emerge through the women's writing, poetry and photography in this book. Editor Sandra Haldeman Martz has chosen works that encourage a reader's interest from one piece to the next, rather than emphasizing one interpretation of power. Arrangement of photos, stories and poetry of similar theme are placed together in a way that suggests care and judicious editing. The result is a readable compilation where works complement each other without being lost.

Feminist media critic Elayne Rapping's opening essay is meant to set a broader cultural context for works in the book that are more personal. She examines how the media determines the successes and failures of feminism and she writes, "For, in the grand scheme of things, victories come slowly and in such small steps that we are often incapable of seeing them." This accurately describes the examples of power identified in the book. Power is found in subtle details of the characters' experiences, daily lives, and relationships which may be unseen at first. This portrayal of power, quite different from physical or overt political power, was unexpected.

Examples of political and societal power are included here but mainly in poetry, and even these poems narrow the focus to smaller experiences. …

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