The Alphabet of Women

book cover by Grace Felstead

The Alphabet of Women brings together twenty-six eclectic alliterating poets to tell the story of woman through the sounds and cadences of the alphabet. From rage to tenderness, politics to the body, motherhood to daughterhood, vaginas to mother earth, poets were invited to tell it like it is and follow their heart. This anthology is powerful in its diverse expressions of what womanhood means and acknowledges in both subtle and formidable ways how multifaceted and still bravely unifying this story is.

In 2018 Poetica founder and poet Miriam Hechtman wrote an ode to the letter P as a poetry offering for International Women’s Day. Given its successful reception by several audiences, it was suggested that she write the whole alphabet. After some pondering, rather than it only be her story of womanhood, Miriam decided to share the alphabet with her fellow ‘women’ poets and thus the Alphabet of Women was born.

Poets were challenged twofold – the anthology would be both a womanhood inquiry but also a poetic challenge using alliteration as the key. The letter was key to the words. The story was open. Poems could be anything related to women, woman, but had to use many words with the allocated letter.

The Alphabet of Women is published Ginninderra Press.

artwork by Grace Felstead