Saturday, April 02, 2011

Poetry Month: Sin

Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, a World Poetry AnthologyThis week, I'm going to be sharing poems from the most wonderful anthology, Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, a World Poetry Anthology edited by Kate Rogers and Viki Holmes. Collecting poems from all over the world, in English and translation, it roughly divides the poems into categories: oman as Creator, Woman as Family, Woman as Archetype, Woman as Explorer, Woman as Myth Maker, Woman as Home Maker, Woman as Landscape, Woman as Lover, Woman as Freedom Fighter, Woman as Keeper of Secrets, Woman as Keeper of Memories, and Woman Ageing. Various allusions and references are footnoted with explanations in the back. There are also author biographies. This is an anthology that I've dipped in an out of many times.

by Rafa Matar, translated by Sayed Gouda

A sunbeam stole
All the snow in the world--
Frostbite burned its toes.
It dreamt then of the sun's glory.

It dreamt of possessing it--absolutely,
Of veiling the sun so the world does not see,
Of shielding this sin from the light of day
And with the sun, having its own way.

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