PublishAmerica, 2009. ISBN 978-1-61546-023-6.
Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Posted on 01/03/2010
In A Woman's Song, author Diana May-Waldman's poetry portrays many challenges of being a woman—a surprising amount for such a slim volume—sad, loving, remembering, and suffering. Her evocative voice speaks clearly to many women as she shares her full life.
Perhaps she offers the best description of her collection of poems in the dedication to her daughters, "who understand that we are born female and become women through life's experience." May-Waldman does not hold back. I, a somewhat reticent person, admire her ability not only to acknowledge the truths in her life, but also to have the courage to share them not only with her family (the book is also dedicated to her mother and her husband) but with the world-at-large, and to me, sitting on a sofa in Houston, Texas.
Her nuanced voice claims in "Divorce,"
"I could not paint
a sky in one color..."
From life before birth, through parents, courtship, love, marriage, and unhappiness, May-Waldman manages to catch the unevenness of life while singing its songs. Her ability as a poet and writer come through clearly. A Woman's Song would be a fine resource in a women's writing group. I relished this book for May-Waldman's clear ability as a poet, and as a writer. Almost every selection could be used as a writing prompt allowing the participants to explore their own experiences, emotions, and memories of what it is to be a woman.
Women and children's advocate Diana May-Waldman is a well-published poet. She lives in Rochester, New York with her husband Mitchell Waldman. Together, they are co-editors of the anthology Wounds of War: Poets for Peace. You can learn more about May-Waldman on her website.
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