Anne Myles’s What Woman That Was: Poems for Mary Dyer integrates history, imagination, and lyric to recapture the life of a most remarkable woman―the seventeenth-century New England Quaker martyred for her religious faith and her courageous witness against religious persecution. In beautifully-crafted poems that speak at times through Mary Dyer’s voice, at times about or to her, this moving and intimate collection also explores how Dyer’s legacy of resistance to unjust power resonates in our contemporary world, as well as the challenges we grapple with when we attempt to know and find kinship with the distant past.
Betsy Sholl, author of House of Sparrows: New and Selected Poems says of What Woman That Was, “These elegant and beautiful poems explore what thought and longing might enable a woman to defy the closed world of Puritan Boston. . . .This book is a gift to us all, and crucial in our own troubled time.” Jessica Cuello, author of Liar writes, “These poems cross the boundaries of loneliness and suggest an affinity between women that is numinous and far-reaching.” Marion Rust, Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and Editor of Early American Literature states, “Myles comes to her predecessor unguarded, one ‘courageous and troublesome woman’ to another, buoyed by scholarly insight to embody an astonishing historical figure in lyric form so that she should never again be lost.”
What Woman That Was: Poems for Mary Dyer
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