Things I Dont Want to Share with Him Anymore
And Other Reflections on Divorce
If you have loved and lost through divorce, and have not yet discovered your new path, here is the book with which to start your own personal journey.
Linda Hutton, editor, Hutton Publications
If you have divorced or know anyone who has, We Used To Be WivesDivorce Unveiled Through Poetry will throw lighthumorous, moving, angry, suspicious, forgiving, and transforming lighton this common yet life-altering experience. In the introduction to We Used To Be Wives, editor Jane Butkin Roth points out that now, with so many opportunities open to women, we dont have to define ourselves only as mother or wife. But with this new freedom comes a tendency to minimize the effects of divorcemarriage is no longer all we have, so whats the big deal? We Used To Be Wives reminds us that with a divorce come losses to mourn and changes to love and hate.
More than seventy women who have experienced divorce contribute to this new anthology of poetry. We Used To Be Wives is organized into sections to reflect the stages of divorce. The poems cover a wide range of emotionsnot always pretty, not always decorousthat reveal the true feelings that many women live with before, during, and after a divorce.
But these passionate writings about divorce arent whining or complaining. These are spunky accounts that shout out the realities of divorce. Keddy Ann Outlaws Things I Dont Want to Share With Him Anymore is a true list of those thingspractical and intimatethat couples share, and it reveals what was and what isnt anymore. Marge Piercys A story wet as tears is about the frog who turned into a prince, but then, after years of marriage, turned back into a frog. Dina Ben-Levs Driving sorts out the fact that love can change or disappear, how a marriage can fail, and what she misses from her marriage. Francine Wittes Falling catches a couples bittersweet moment of honesty and tenderness, an acknowledgment of the end of their marriage. Joanne McCarthys The Vagina Poem is a monologue celebrating retirement from sexual obligation.
With poems by famous and lesser-known poets, We Used To Be Wives is a handbook to survive divorce, and not because its instructive or therapeuticthough it isbut because its a companion along the road. The experiences and emotions found here purge and reveal, explore and heal.
Jane Butkin Roth is a native of Oklahoma City who lives in Houston with her three children. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications worldwide, including Buffalo Bones, Cold Mountain Review, the Houston Chronicle, and theWindsor Review. She has been a contributor to a number of anthologies including Suddenly: Prose Poetry and Sudden Fiction (Stone River Press), Essential Love (Grayson Books), and Mothers and DaughtersA Poetry Celebration (Harmony Books/Random House).
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||We Used To Be Wives
Edited by Jane Butkin Roth
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