My poem “Inanna” appears among works by 92 cross-cultural writers and artists including Carol P. Christ, Max Dashu, Genevieve Vaughan, Lydia Ruyle, Susan Hawthorne, and Starhawk in She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Spirituality, and Activism,a major new anthology of essays, poems, and art edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill. At nearly 500 pages, this anthology may be the most wide-ranging collection of creative work inspired by the Goddess ever published. Congratulations to the editors and all the contributors!
A young goddess, full of love, fresh with the touch of a husband,
carrying power and rich with anger, strength, urgency, understanding,
follows the direction her ear has led her, down to the place where the underworld glistens.
At each door she removes a jewel, a belt, a ceremonial robe.
At each door, she is less and more. She bows down through the seventh door.
The young goddess is dead, and waiting. The young goddess is dead.
A goddess goes down, and I can see her. She needs to go, decides to go.
A goddess goes down, and I can hear her.
“Inanna,” from Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2013)