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Choice Words: Writers on Abortion

by Annie Finch (Editor)

Other authors: Leila Aboulela (Contributor), Kathy Acker (Contributor), Ai (Contributor), Josette Akresh-Gonzales (Contributor), Lauren K Alleyne (Contributor)130 more, Lisa Alvarado (Contributor), Amy Alvarez (Contributor), Claressinka Anderson (Contributor), Judith Arcana (Contributor), Linda Ashok (Contributor), Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Sylvia Beato (Contributor), Melody Bee (Contributor), Tara Betts (Contributor), Ana Blandiana (Contributor), Gwendolyn Brooks (Contributor), Rita Mae Brown (Contributor), Mahogany L. Browne (Contributor), Debra Bruce (Contributor), Sue D. Burton (Contributor), Cathleen Calbert (Contributor), Emily Carr (Contributor), Wendy Chin-Tanner (Contributor), Lisa Coffman (Contributor), Jane Hardwicke Collings (Contributor), Julia Conrad (Contributor), Desiree Cooper (Contributor), T. Thorn Coyle (Contributor), Sylvia Ramos Cruz (Contributor), Dymphna Cusack (Contributor), Teri Cross Davis (Contributor), Katy Day (Contributor), Emily DeDakis (Contributor), Lynne DeSilva-Johnson (Contributor), Diane di Prima (Contributor), Sharon Doubiago (Contributor), Margaret Drabble (Contributor), Minerva Earthschild (Contributor), Mariana Enriquez (Contributor), Annie Ernaux (Contributor), Pat Falk (Contributor), Camonghne Felix (Contributor), Anne Finger (Contributor), Daisy Fried (Contributor), Sese Geddes (Contributor), Kristen R. Ghodsee (Contributor), Jennifer Goldwasser (Contributor), Valley Haggard (Contributor), Jennifer Hanratty (Contributor), Farideh Hassanzadeh-Mostafavi (Contributor), Deborah Hauser (Contributor), Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Contributor), Langston Hughes (Contributor), Ulrica Hume (Contributor), Colette Inez (Contributor), Florence James (Contributor), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Contributor), Georgia Douglas Johnson (Contributor), Leyla Josephine (Contributor), Soniah Kamal (Contributor), Paula Kamen (Contributor), Julie Kane (Contributor), Pratibha Kelapure (Contributor), Lauren R Korn (Contributor), Myrna Lamb (Contributor), Joan Larkin (Contributor), Ursula K Le Guin (Contributor), Jenna Le (Contributor), Violette Leduc (Contributor), Dana Levin (Contributor), Amy Levy (Contributor), Shirley Geok-lin Lim (Contributor), Audre Lorde (Contributor), Busisiwe Mahlangu (Contributor), Deborah Maia (Contributor), Shikha Malaviya (Contributor), Kate Manning (Contributor), Angie Masters (Contributor), Caitlin McDonnell (Contributor), Leslie Monsour (Contributor), Yesenia Montilla (Contributor), Mary Morris (Contributor), Thylias Moss (Contributor), Carol Muske-Dukes (Contributor), Burleigh Mutén (Contributor), Zofia Nałkowska (Contributor), Vi Khi Nao (Contributor), Gloria Naylor (Contributor), Hanna Neuschwander (Contributor), Frank O'Hara (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Sharon Olds (Contributor), Ginette Paris (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), Molly Peacock (Contributor), Marge Piercy (Contributor), Katha Pollitt (Foreword), Alexis Quinlan (Contributor), Jennifer Reeser (Contributor), Susan Rich (Contributor), Ana Gabriela Rivera (Contributor), Angelique Imani Rodriguez (Contributor), Alida Rol (Contributor), Cristina Peri Rossi (Contributor), Cin Salach (Contributor), Saniyya Saleh (Contributor), Jacqueline Saphra (Contributor), Edith Södergran (Contributor), Anne Sexton (Contributor), Purvi Shah (Contributor), Ntozake Shange (Contributor), Manisha Sharma (Contributor), Larissa Shmailo (Contributor), Leslie Marmon Silko (Contributor), Agnes Smedley (Contributor), Ellen McGrath Smith (Contributor), Starhawk (Contributor), Alina Stefanescu (Contributor), Gloria Steinem (Contributor), Ellen Stone (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), Ann Townsend (Contributor), Joanna C. Valente (Contributor), Jean Valentine (Contributor), Nicole Walker (Contributor), Hilde Weisert (Contributor), Lindy West (Contributor), Laura Wetherington (Contributor), Lesley Wheeler (Contributor), Arisa White (Contributor), Vibra Willow (Contributor), Mary Wollstonecraft (Contributor), Sholeh Wolpe (Contributor), Mo Yan (Contributor), Galina Yudovich (Contributor)

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A landmark literary anthology of poems, stories, and essays, Choice Words collects essential voices that renew our courage in the struggle to defend reproductive rights. Twenty years in the making, the book spans continents and centuries. This collection magnifies the voices of people reclaiming the sole authorship of their abortion experiences. These essays, poems, and prose are a testament to the profound political power of defying shame. Contributors include Ai, Amy Tan, Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, Bobbie Louise Hawkins. Camonghne Felix, Carol Muske-Dukes, Diane di Prima, Dorothy Parker, Gloria Naylor, Gloria Steinem, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Arcana, Kathy Acker, Langston Hughes, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lindy West, Lucille Clifton, Mahogany L. Browne, Margaret Atwood, Molly Peacock, Ntozake Shange, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Sharon Doubiago, Sharon Olds, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Sholeh Wolpe, Ursula Le Guin, and Vi Khi Nao.… (more)
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For my sister

Mary Dabney Baker Finch (1952-2018)
with sorrow that your secret youthful abortion wounded you and many others
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A landmark literary anthology of poems, stories, and essays, Choice Words collects essential voices that renew our courage in the struggle to defend reproductive rights. Twenty years in the making, the book spans continents and centuries. This collection magnifies the voices of people reclaiming the sole authorship of their abortion experiences. These essays, poems, and prose are a testament to the profound political power of defying shame. Contributors include Ai, Amy Tan, Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, Bobbie Louise Hawkins. Camonghne Felix, Carol Muske-Dukes, Diane di Prima, Dorothy Parker, Gloria Naylor, Gloria Steinem, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Arcana, Kathy Acker, Langston Hughes, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lindy West, Lucille Clifton, Mahogany L. Browne, Margaret Atwood, Molly Peacock, Ntozake Shange, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Sharon Doubiago, Sharon Olds, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Sholeh Wolpe, Ursula Le Guin, and Vi Khi Nao.

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