November 3, 2011

Star-Spangled Heart


I'm researching women in history and found a WWII advertisment I'd never seen. It hadn't occurred to me, but women in Japan were also being drawn into traditionally male roles during the war-- and were paid less than their male co-workers.  So much in common.

It makes me wonder what I would have done if I had been an American woman in the Rosie age. Would I have felt loyal and true to the cause, or would I have felt-- as I do now-- that my spangles were a bit too tarnished by disappointment to be donned?  

The "girl" in the poster certainly appears to be ambivalent about her decision. Probably not the look they intended.

November 1, 2011

Ploughed Over

I just found out that my poem "Piece by Piece" was chosen by Nick Flynn to appear in the spring issue of Ploughshares. Would it appear terribly immature if I shouted, "Woo Hoo," and did a little happy dance?

Too late, I'm afraid.