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Dear Sappho,

I know that Sappho was an Ancient Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. She was one of a canon of nine Greek lyric poets. Lyric poetry is a form of poetry that expresses personal and emotional feelings. In the ancient world, lyric poems were played to the lyre. Today Lyric poems don't have to rhyme or need to be set to music. Most of her poetry, which was well known and greatly admired throughout antiquity, has been lost, or destroyed. What I don't know is the other lyric poets in the cannon.

Lesbian Poet

Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Please Describe the Sapphic Meter

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Dear Sappho,

Is there really a poetry meter named after you? Could you please describe that style and explain a little bit about the various terms regarding your poetry form and technique. It seems specific but I can't put my finger on the precise form. Thank you. I  a lifelong huge fan and admirer of your poetry.

Sincerely, Poetry Lover

Thursday, 08 September 2011 03:31

Exploring Gender: The Literature of Gender

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I spend a lot of my time reading, placing myself into stories to escape for a little while. It’s nice to find stories with characters in which you can see yourself. Which leads to this week’s post: a list of books or poems dealing with gender. Most of these I have read (or seen performed in some cases), some I have on my list to read. They all offer another perspective on gender, whether through the eyes of a character or an individual. If you would like to add any books or poems or review one on the list, please leave it in the comments.

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:15

No Lesbian Books To Read In New Jersey For Students

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There will be no books with lesbian sex scenes to read during the summer for the students of Williamstown, New Jersey.

Saturday, 02 July 2011 13:36

The Lez Review - Drawing Love by Juli Jousan

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Drawing Love by Juli Jousan is a beautiful love story complete with disappointments, finding of one’s self, and growing. From the first moment you lay your hands on the cover, you are greeted with soothing pastels and flowing lines that form the image of Elka, just one of the lively characters Molly introduces us to during her “travels” in Drawing Love.

The book takes you through two phases of “Mo’s” life simultaneously; her teenage years and the present. Mo goes off to a summer art program in Amsterdam, an idea of her recovering alcoholic dad with the funding her stepfather that she has yet to accept. The intentions of her father are good-hearted and his way of not only being there for once in her life since the suicide of his best friend; but also he wants to help Mo embrace all of herself while providing a fall back-up plan in case her dreams of becoming a rock star don’t pan out.


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