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Kalamazoo Book Intake Part 2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 07:00

I hadn't quite expected the to-be-shipped books to start arriving this quickly! There was a Fed Ex note on my door when I got home from the airport Monday evening and--having authorized doorstep delivery--the book was there after work Tuesday.

Mechain, Gwerful (edited and translated by Katie Gramich). 2018. The Works of Gwerful Mechain. Broadview Press, Peterborough. ISBN 978-1-55481-414-5

Gwerful Mechain is one of the few female Welsh poets of the medieval period to have left a substantial body of attributed work. The survival of her work is even more interesting as many of her poems voice earthy, erotic, unsentimentally feminist opinions that counter the prevalent misogyny in her contemporaries' poems. At the same time, she was clearly participating as an equal in a lively literary community, where poets addressed works to each other and teased each other in verse. This collection includes all the poems solidly attributed to her, several of uncertain authorship that are believed to be her work, and a selection of poems that provide context, being works that she was responding to or commenting on (or that were responding to her).

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