I Am Becoming the Woman I'Ve Wanted

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-10-01

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I Am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted, the latest in the series of best-selling anthologies (When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple and If I Had My Life to Live Over I would Pick More Daisies), delves into the sometimes hidden and always powerful feelings that women have about their bodies. In the emotionally evocative style that characterizes Martz's previous collections, this book explores coming of age, sexuality, child-birth, physical power, menopause, aging, and much more. This is more than just another book about body image. Using her talent for bringing together extraordinary stories, poems, and photographs about women's lives, editor Sandra Martz explores the broader question of how the physical aspects of being female affect women's experiences. This best-selling anthology will have women reading and thinking and sharing for a long time.

Table of Contents

Finding Her Herep. 1
History of the Bodyp. 2
Applewoodp. 5
Room to Lovep. 7
Fourteenp. 10
Foot Loosep. 12
Ceremonyp. 15
Butchering Timep. 16
Womansongp. 20
A Place to Restp. 21
Everything That Falls Has Wingsp. 23
The Fat Lady Speaksp. 33
Rhonda, from the Runway at Diamond Don'sp. 34
Shadow Brushp. 39
Matchmakingp. 40
Response to a Readingp. 46
What I Know from Nosesp. 48
The Makeup Poemp. 53
Ode to Grey Hairp. 55
Shell Lifep. 61
La Maja Desnudap. 62
Living the Green Lifep. 63
The Spearthrowerp. 64
The Marathonp. 66
Back into This Bodyp. 79
Return to Campusp. 81
Crossing the High Countryp. 82
To My Bodyp. 89
Premenstrual Syndromep. 90
Spap. 93
The Women's Sidep. 95
Figure Problemsp. 97
Bellyp. 99
Contemplating a Breast Enhancement Operationp. 101
Stretch Marksp. 102
Seeing the Earth from the Moonp. 104
Breastfeeding at Nightp. 109
Foreverp. 110
Tapping a Stonep. 112
Before Stillbirthp. 113
After Hysterectomyp. 114
The Woman Whose Body Is Not Her Ownp. 115
Gathering Morning Firep. 117
Her Hairp. 118
Joan Has Her Ears Piercedp. 130
Hearingp. 131
To My Eyesp. 132
Menopause Poemp. 134
Thisp. 135
After Reading Mark Strand's "Courtship"p. 137
Better Than Sexp. 138
To Women Who Sleep Alonep. 139
The Pierp. 142
To Be Ablep. 155
For Sp. 156
Examining the Heat Exchange over a Mug of Teap. 157
The Naked Truthp. 159
Plastic Surgeryp. 160
The Nestp. 161
This Insane Notion, She Saysp. 166
Take My Bodyp. 168
Crone Drives through Springp. 170
Combustionp. 171
Osteoporosisp. 173
Lucyp. 175
Rehabilitationp. 177
After Sixtyp. 185
Clayp. 187
Spring Surgep. 191
In Praisep. 192
Volunteer Mournerp. 195
The Presentp. 196
The Lovers at Eightyp. 205
Blackberry Winep. 207
The Year Alice Moved to the Atticp. 209
A Living Willp. 216
If Death Were a Womanp. 217
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