Thanks again to Alex Toms – and my sister, Helen Sandler – for this information. Would be fantastic to get into this one! Info copied and pasted below
RAVING BEAUTIES: Sue Jones-Davies, Dee Orr, Anna Carteret and Fan Viner are inviting submissions for their fourth collection of women’s poetry which will be published by BLOODAXE BOOKS in 2015.
However you feel about your body and whatever kind of writer you are – a published poet or impelled to write your first poem reading this – we want to hear from you. We can offer you the possibility of sharing your words with thousands of other women, and will consider previously published work as well as new poetry.
PLEASE SEND UP TO THREE POEMS BY MAY 1st 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
As feminists we want to support the incredible courage, insight and a dedication to the truth that challenges even the bravest of us when we ‘stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate?’ (Oprah Winfrey)
Our relationship to our bodies is affected by many things including culture, religion, family, sex, hunger, pleasure and pain. This new collection is inspired by a passionate desire to celebrate our bodies in a fully realised way, leaving Barbie’s grotesque silent pliability in her box for good. Instead of pouting, our mouths have the power of language, our romantic fluttering hearts give and receive compassion, skin ages with grace when we see beauty in everything, a pierced belly button connects us to our ancestors and a belly needs to be strong before it’s flat.