Five Women Poets: Poetry by Women Writers

Pat Winslow, Barbara Bentley, Marguerite Gazeley, Sheila Parry, Frances Nagle

The community publishing co-operative Commonword announced a call for submissions, resulting in this book of poems. The book is softbound with cover artwork in colour of a figure of a woman holding a key. The poems focus on themes from everyday life, hope, humour, optimism, childhood memories, and interpretations of historical moments. One poem, “Song of the Woman Past Forty,” laments women who succumb to the societal pressures and associated costs of beauty treatments to retain a youthful look.