Jane Austen Smiles
by Nicky Goodman
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Jane Austen smiles
Part of the seduction of fiction is in identification.
Who wouldn't need to feel pretty downtrodden
to identify with the threatening surroundings
of dark Gothic passages, the screams of a virgin,
separated from her family, at the mercy of society,
running through the draughty corridors of the 18th century,
and everything bleak, bleak, bleak?
She gave us the modern heroine, each good one
since Elizabeth, with all her wizened wit.
Elizabeth, with her good-girl strength and spirit
the inspiration for Bronte's Jane Eyre, a governess,
her passionate independence; educated, autonomous,
in revolt against the lot; id, locked in the attic.
Classic heroines, their lines censored, metaphor straightjacketted,
topsy-turvy corsets tight as Scarlet O'Hara's, but sadly, not so loose.
Her survivors win 'permission' to behave 'badly'
later, hoary on the streets of romantic fiction,
fantasy is real women at the centre of story,
still painting satire on the back of deep feeling.
Horse-drawn-slow - or slow, slow - quick-quick-slow -
down a winding road of flowers and hedgerow; hay,
soft lace, muslins, frills...watch the pace of rugged landscape,
a wilful spirit – and follow her emerge through the ages,
our indomitable, incorrigible, formidable woman -
until she's full mettle throttle, and a real warm heart.
See her fierce liberation on the pages of every day,
in the leaping of her zeitgeist on the squares,
on the curled lip canvas of walls, her words
are the cinematic graffiti of women's culture,
of fiery clouds calligraphic across blue skies.
Jane Austen smiles. Another modern heroine writes the next page,
dipping the oceans, sitting in circles, weaving the texture of lives.
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|Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
|Jane Austin for President. She'd sure make a colorful and full bodied biography for a First lady president. I think we'll find her one day!
love and blessings!
|Reviewed by Susan Sonnen
|You are SOOOOOOO good! :)|
|Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg
|oh yeah! this is a jaunty ride through the heroines journey...well done|
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Well done, you take us on a history or perhaps English Lit mini vacation that is a wonderful tribute to the female artists of all time.
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Yep. I think Jane might just be smiling now . . . Or, wait . . . Is that . . . Yes, I do believe it is . . . Jane is a-grinning . . . Gotta love it . . .|
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|Nicky this ROCKS!! What a characterization and a reflection of not only one but many women writers.|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|And this female poet smiles, because of forerunners such as Jane Austin, Emile Bronte, Sylvia Plath, Ann Sexton ... and she smiles because she knows she's nowhere in their league, but a lofty goal to reach. Beautifully inspired/inspiring, Nicky, my new favorite of yours. Well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.