Guest Poet: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

I was invited to contribute to the Songs of Eretz Poetry Review by the Associate Editor. He enjoyed my submissions and has accepted all three of them, and I have been chosen as Guest Poet in this quarter’s issue!

So a huge thank you to Mr James Rowe for his appreciation and encouragement.

You can read the issue online here.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

28 thoughts on “Guest Poet: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review”

  1. You’re right, we made a bad bargain with the earth and sky and all the inhabitants, among them us.

    The fish-arc is such a delightful way to describe movement. The silver-net formed by the brambles and moonlight is a grand image.

    I appreciate your taking up the story of Ophelia and then of Andromeda (to which you could add the Sabines and Ariadne–goodness, the list is long). Ophelia is intelligent, talented, and willing to take part in Hamlet’s distress. But she is belittled and reduced to little more than noble detritus. How dare he! I’ve heard the argument he puts her off for her own sake. Can never buy that.

    Andromeda, a prize, just as you say. And trophies do not speak and stand for nothing but a victory by others. A hateful life is hers.

    Thank goodness for your selections and your crafting. And for your so-close awareness of nature. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you! I’m pleased you enjoyed the poems. Yes, I agree, Hamlet symbolises all those fathers and brothers and uncles who make decisions for their womenfolk, like making their daughters marry nasty vicious old men, for their own good.
      And I never did understand the obsession with the Greek myths. The people in them are so awful!

      1. Well I finally have a working computer although my learning curve for new technology is steep. I’m going to try posting later today.

      2. Oh good. I had been meaning to start a challenge in the new year and never got around to it, too busy writing. Then I thought I’d wait until you got back. Merril doesn’t have much time spare at present, and I didn’t want to start a challenge and be the only one to take it up. I’ll get onto it.

  2. Congratulations! I really enjoyed these poems. I also particularly liked Ophelia. But it’s funny (ok, I guess it’s not 😉 ), I was just thinking about–not Andromeda–but the other women taken and given as prized possessions during the Trojan War. Maybe not prized, actually, since they seem often to be interchangeable, just a female body. Not that this is limited to that time and place, of course!
    I’ll come back to read the other poems in the issue. Congratulations again!

    1. Thank you! Yes, women were just considered war booty. Yet I’m still reading (how many thousand years later?) men still blaming Helen for the Trojan Wars, calling her a whore for tempting Paris. It’s pretty depressing.

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