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This week we are tapping into The Poetry Foundation‘s archives for beauties from two prolific female poets. Moon over selections from Adrienne Rich and Caroline Caddy below:

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Planetarium

By Adrienne Rich

          Thinking of Caroline Herschel (1750—1848)
astronomer, sister of William; and others.

A woman in the shape of a monster

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the skies are full of them

 

a woman      ‘in the snow
among the Clocks and instruments
or measuring the ground with poles’

in her 98 years to discover

8 comets

she whom the moon ruled

like us
levitating into the night sky
riding the polished lenses

 

Galaxies of women, there
doing penance for impetuousness
ribs chilled
in those spaces    of the mind….

 

from The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001

 

 

Editing the Moon

By Caroline Caddy

crew

Be precise
authority is magic.
When you think you’ve got it straight
wax wane declination
feel the movement under your hand
one summer morning
as you observe it set…

 

from Esperance (Freemantle Press)

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