Thanks are due, first and foremost, to the School of English and Creative Studies at Bath Spa University which supported this research in its early stages. Honourable mentions go to Ian Gadd, Tracey Hill, Jenni Lewis and Tim Middleton. Subsequently, colleagues in the Department of English at the University of Exeter in particular, Margaretta Jolly and Jane Poyner - have taken up the slack while the book was completed. Participants in the 'Women and Poetry in the Twenty-First Century' conference held in Bristol in 2006 have informed and stimulated my thinking in the field. Martin Halliwell and Andrew Mousley's editorial guidance has been appreciated, as have the insights of the proposal's anonymous readers and the work of Jackie Jones and others at Edinburgh University Press. Finally, I owe a particular debt to the scholarship and friendship of Alice Entwistle.
The author and publishers are grateful to the following for permission to print extracts from poems:
Eavan Boland and Carcanet Press Limited for lines from 'The Journey' in New Collected Poems (2005).
Lines from 'Visions of Mexico While at a Writing Symposium in Port Townsend, Washington' from Emplumada, by Lorna Dee Cervantes, © 1982. Reprinted by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press.