The Journals of Scheherazade
“Whereas poets such as Anne Sexton and Sharon Olds heartily achieve
their numerous effects by shocking the reader with language formerly
unacceptable within women’s discourse, Sheryl St. Germain attacks these
same subject areas via a clean elegance of language and close attention
to rhythm. These are not so much ‘confessional’ poems, as women are
accused of writing, but works which reach the universal heart of
humankind and are… worthy of a Ferlinghetti mindset in terms of social
impact.” —Penelope Reedy, editor and publisher of The Redneck Review
I am walking into you
as if you were death,
a lake foreign and deep.
I have written out my will
given away my possessions
and I am not coming back
until I am changed.