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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Judy Grahn

Judy Grahn

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Judy Grahn has published fourteen books with several more in process; publications include two book-length poems, several poetry collections, a reader, an ecotopian novel, and five nonfiction books. Among them are Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds (Beacon Press, 1984); Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World (Beacon Press, 1993); and her memoir, A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet (Aunt Lute Books, 2012).

Judy received her PhD in Integral Studies with a concentration in Women’s Spirituality in 1999 from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She did her dissertation research in Kerala, India, comparing goddess rituals with menarche rituals. She lives in California with her wife.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

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Hanging On Our Own Bones

Hanging On Our Own Bones

Judy Grahn
2017-08-15
$18.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

Through these seven narrative poems, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts. Song and poem lamentations have a widespread history from all over the globe and carry a wealth of forms and a few requirements--they must read well out loud, they must address current pressing issues, and they must make every attempt to be truthful. Here Grahn's steadfast and rhythmic verse directs our eyes to crucial yet often buried tribulations of our times by critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies--all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.

"Skin, jail, butterfly, hospital, street, mother, father, blood, war: such words come alive as survivor, witness, and guide Judy Grahn uses the tried and true heart of the ballad to explore the socially unsaid and unsayable. Animated by the heroism and mythology of the everyday, and armed with attention and wisdom, she is a fierce warrior for the clarity of the human story."--Ammiel Alcalay, author of neither wit nor gold

"Hanging On Our Own Bones collects over forty years of what Judy Grahn calls her 'ninepart poems,' and here clearly identifies them as 'lamentations.' All the poets I know look upon Judy Grahn with admiration and awe, convinced that she?s leagues ahead of us, superhuman in her power and insight. But the poet of these chants of grief and frustration--and hope--is human for sure, torn by the same powerlessness and disgust at prevalent social conditions as the rest of us--it's only that she has lightning at her command--a magic of writing that illuminates, shreds darkness like confetti, and lets us see past the end of each page, past all our histories, a magic that lets us glimpse a previously unimagined future."--Kevin Killian, author of Impossible Princess


love belongs to those who do the feeling

love belongs to those who do the feeling

Judy Grahn
2008-10-15
$21.95 Tradepaper
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Description:

love belongs to those who do the feeling--an exciting collection of new and selected poetry by Judy Grahn. The book contains selections from Judy's entire body of poetic work from "The Work of a Common Woman", "The Queen of Wands and The Queen of Swords", to new poems written between 1997 and 2008. Judy's poetry is rangy and provocative. It has been written at the heart of so many of the important social movements of the last forty years that the proper word is foundational--Judy Grahn's poetry is foundational to the spirit of movement. People consistently report that Judy's poetry is also uplifting--an unexpected side effect of work that is aimed at the mind as well as the heart. Judy continues to insist that love goes beyond romance, to community, and that community goes beyond the everyday world, to the connective worlds of earth and spirit.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.