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An Exaltation of Goddesses
Coordinated by Annie Finch
Publication date: July 1, 2021
Contributors: Ann Filemyr, Anna Halberstadt, Annie Finch, Arundhati Subramaniam, Judy Grahn, Jurgita Jasponyte, Marianela Medrano, Mary Mackey, Monica Mody, Purvi Shah, Raina Leon, Richelle Slota, and Yona Harvey.
This keepsake book gathers 13 poems on Goddesses by accomplished poets from many parts of the world. The Goddesses invoked are Aruru, Ataberya, Brigid, Cybele, Dalia, Frija, Kali, Nana Buruku, Neeli Mariamman, Nyx, Saraswati, Xori, and Zemyna. Each poem is followed by the poet's comments and some information on the Goddess.
An Exaltation of Goddesses is published in conjunction with a video of these poems performed by the poets, produced by Poetry Witch Ritual Theater for the 2021 Symposium of the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.
by Jeffrey Betcher
Foreword by Annie Finch
Publication date: December 1, 2021
In 2017 Jeffrey Betcher, a beloved San Francisco community organizer, was diagnosed with terminal cancer while working on a manuscript of poems with Annie. Although Jeffrey had never written in meter before, at Annie's suggestion he began a crown of anapestic sonnets that developed into the gorgeous and unstinting testament of a courageous soul navigating illness and facing death. Perfecting this extraordinary group of poems became a focus of the final months of Jeffrey's life. Now they offer all readers a rare poetic gift, adept and searching, shot through with honesty, wit, and courage. This memorial chapbook is the first publication of the sonnets.
Jeffrey Betcher (1960-2017) was a writer, educator, advocate for the prevention of violence against women and children, and a grassroots community organizer who founded the Quesada Gardens Initiative.. Jeffrey was born in rural Ohio and lived in San Francisco for 30 years, gaining national attention as a pioneer in the guerilla garden movement by turning his dangerous street in the Bayview neighborhood into an urban oasis. His writings, often centered on LGBTQ themes, include short stories, journalism, and The Fucking Seasons, Selected Poems 1986 to 2016,
"Whistling Through is an odyssey into the cancer machine and death itself" -- Chase Dimock