Sometimes, something comes along that changes everything. At that moment, we have to stand up and be counted. For me, it was in October 2017, when poet and editor, Deborah Alma, put out a simple statement on her Facebook page, as the social media #MeToo movement gathered momentum. She asked her women friends to add their name to the thread if they hadn’t experienced any form of sexual harassment in their lives. Of the 200 women that started to share some of their stories , only 2 or 3 could say that it had never happened to them.
As Deborah stated, 'the surprise was not that there were so few, but that there were any women at all'. Someone suggested she collected these stories. #MeToo - A Women’s Poetry Anthology, was the result.
Edited by Deborah Alma and published by Nadia Kingsley at Fair Acre Press, the #MeToo anthology features over a 100 poems from 80 poets, but far more were submitted and, as the poems began to pour in, it became obvious that no book could ever be big enough for all the stories that were being shared. Here was some way I could help. Wild Women Press would be a safe space for these poems to live and sing with courage.
The poems and stories shared here are some of those many submitted by women from across the globe. They are part of a louder voice that says, no more .
What began as #MeToo quickly became #UsTogether.
COMING MARCH 2018
A creative collaboration between The Bookshop Band and The Common People, inspired by #MeToo: A Women's Poetry Anthology. Created using VR Tilt Brush.
On International Women's Day, March 8th, 2018, Wild Women Press will be launching an online platform for poems in response to the #MeToo movement. These poems have been selected from the additional submissions to #MeToo: A Women's Poetry Anthology. Please come back on March 8th to read these poems, and celebrate the courage of the stories that they hold within their words.
Until then, we leave you with recordings of Jess RIchards' poem, Sleeping Beauty and Meri Everitt's song Get the Fuck Off (both featured in the #UsTogether poems coming soon...).
Please note that the nature of this subject means that some of the content may be distressing and uses strong language and imagery.
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