It is not so effortless for women to integrate their roles. Whereas women are pushed to “accomplish,” they are simultaneously chided for embracing traditional female functions.
Women who have advanced degrees, 401Ks, or late model sports cars receive more positive feedback from men, and from women, who have taken on “men’s jobs,” than do gals who deign to define themselves by: how actively they engage in communication with their spouses, how mindfully they proceed through their pregnancies, and how well they nurture their sons, daughters, and, later, their grandchildren. Simply, as a society, we’ve made girls into boys, while dismissing any reverence we had for girls.
The Wife/Mom explores possible answers to this dilemma by addressing communal stances on both visible and hidden, gender-based strata. This assemblage of poetry puts front and center our culture’s need to return to cherishing women as “women” and to esteeming “womanly” goings-on, per se. In these poems, females might be intrepid visionaries laboring in complex math, might be maestros of major orchestras, or might be Olympic athletes, but they are beloved first and foremost for being women.
|Publisher:||My Seashell Books|
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About the Author
KJ Hannah Greenberg used to be an academic. She earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and specialized in communication ethics. As well, Hannah was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar at Princeton University and a reviewer for The American Journal of Semiotics. Upon moving to Israel, Hannah morphed into a creative writer. Subsequently, she was nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature and once for The Best of the Net in Literature. Among her many books are the essay collections: Tosh: Select Trash and Bosh of Creative Writing (Crooked Cat Books, 2017) Dreams are for Coloring Books: Midlife Marvels (Seashell Books, 2017) Word Citizen: Uncommon Thoughts on Writing, Motherhood & Life in Jerusalem (Tailwinds Press, 2015) Jerusalem Sunrise (Imago Press, 2015) Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful Parenting (French Creek Press, 2010) Conversations on Communication Ethics (Praeger, 1991) Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2018, Forthcoming) Rivka Gross née Greenberg is a full-time mother, a full-time teacher, and a full-time graduate student. In her spare time, she writes across the spectrum about both real and imagined aspects of life. Her work can be found in The Jerusalem Post, Chabad.org, Tachlis Magazine, and in books such as Jerusalem Sunrise (Imago Press, 2015).