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The Moment of Change by Rose Lemberg
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The Moment of Change

by Rose Lemberg (Editor)

Other authors: Mary Alexandra Agner (Contributor), Sara Amis (Contributor), Athena Andreadis (Contributor), Tara Barnett (Contributor), Ari Berk (Contributor)55 more, Lisa Bradley (Contributor), Rachel Manija Brown (Contributor), CSE Cooney (Contributor), Nandini Dhar (Contributor), Kat Dixon (Contributor), Peg Duthie (Contributor), Amal El-Mohtar (Contributor), Jeannelle M. Ferreira (Contributor), Greer Gilman (Contributor), Theodora Goss (Contributor), Phyllis Gotlieb (Contributor), Neile Graham (Contributor), April Grant (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Hel Gurney (Contributor), Minal Hajratwala (Contributor), Samantha Henderson (Contributor), Emily Jiang (Contributor), CW Johnson (Contributor), Meena Kandasamy (Contributor), Sally Rosen Kindred (Contributor), Nicole Kornher-Stace (Contributor), Yoon Ha Lee (Contributor), Alex Dally MacFarlane (Contributor), Rebecca Marjesdatter (Contributor), Elizabeth R. McClellan (Contributor), Jennifer A. McGowan (Contributor), Sharon Mock (Contributor), Patricia Monaghan (Contributor), Koel Mukherjee (Contributor), Ranjani Murali (Contributor), Kristine Ong Muslim (Contributor), Shweta Narayan (Contributor), Adrienne J. Odasso (Contributor), Kelly Rose Pflug-Back (Contributor), Cassandra Phillips-Sears (Contributor), Sofia Rhei (Contributor), JC Runolfson (Contributor), Ki Russell (Contributor), Sofia Samatar (Contributor), Lorraine Schein (Contributor), Lawrence Schimel (Contributor), Nisi Shawl (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Vandana Singh (Contributor), N. A'Yara Stein (Contributor), JT Stewart (Contributor), Sonya Taaffe (Contributor), Sheree Renee Thomas (Contributor), Catherynne M. Valente (Contributor), Joselle Vanderhooft (Contributor), Eliza Victoria (Contributor), Jo Walton (Contributor), Ellen Wehle (Contributor), Terri Windling (Cover artist)

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"I want to go moonwalking
on it or under it I don't care
I just want to go moonwalking
alone."
— from "Werewomen" by Ursula K Le Guin

The Moment of Change assembles speculative poetry that addresses feminism in a variety of ways and from a multitude of cultural points of view. As such, many of these poems address not only feminism, but colonialism, race, culture, and broader gender issues in moving, lyrical and vivid portrayals.

"The world is wrong and I am wrung,
a bell of cloth dripping salt
into an earth too broken for roots."
— from "Pieces" by Amal El-Mohtar

Most of the poetry is myth-based, delving into fantasy and folk lore, with only a few poems that focus on science fiction themes. I don't know if this is because poets tend to be drawn to myth more than science fiction, or if perhaps it is more that Lemberg, as editor, is particularly interested in these kinds of stories. Regardless, Lemberg has done an excellent job of selecting and arranging the works within this anthology.

"Perfection is frictionless —
I need to stub my soul on yours,
I need to lick the slivers in your wounds."
— from "In Defiance of Sleek-Armed Androids" by Lisa Bradley

You could, perhaps, have a discussion as to whether all of these poems are truly speculative or feminist; some poems seem to be only peripherally so. I could easily see this book or selections therefrom be included in college courses on literature and/or women's studies. I'd like to read each poem again and then sit and think about them more, maybe break a few of them down and analyze them line-by-line. These poems leave plenty of room for reflection.

"She makes no magic. Although the stories won't tell you,
witches are magic."
— from "The Witch" by Theodora Goss

But even without such deeper analysis, the quality of the poems is excellent throughout the anthology and there is something to be said for the pleasure of the experience alone. I've certainly enjoyed reading these words, and many poems I've gone back to read twice, or more than twice. I'll be picking this book up off my shelf and enjoying the poetry within for years to come. Highly recommended.

"This is a story,
and it is true of all stories
that the sound when they slam shut
is like a key turning."
— from "The Girl with Two Skins" by Catherynne M. Valente ( )
  andreablythe | May 16, 2013 |
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Agner, Mary AlexandraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amis, SaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andreadis, AthenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnett, TaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berk, AriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradley, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, Rachel ManijaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooney, CSEContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Dixon, KatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duthie, PegContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
El-Mohtar, AmalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferreira, Jeannelle M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, GreerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goss, TheodoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gotlieb, PhyllisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, NeileContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, AprilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guin, Ursula K. LeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gurney, HelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hajratwala, MinalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Henderson, SamanthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jiang, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, CWContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kandasamy, MeenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kindred, Sally RosenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kornher-Stace, NicoleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Yoon HaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacFarlane, Alex DallyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marjesdatter, RebeccaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClellan, Elizabeth R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McGowan, Jennifer A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mock, SharonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Monaghan, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mukherjee, KoelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murali, RanjaniContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muslim, Kristine OngContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Narayan, ShwetaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Odasso, Adrienne J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pflug-Back, Kelly RoseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips-Sears, CassandraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rhei, SofiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Runolfson, JCContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, KiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Samatar, SofiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schein, LorraineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schimel, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shawl, NisiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, DeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singh, VandanaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stein, N. A'YaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stewart, JTContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taaffe, SonyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, Sheree ReneeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valente, Catherynne M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vanderhooft, JoselleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Victoria, ElizaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walton, JoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wehle, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Windling, TerriCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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