I have recently been told about two more female poets -
Akiko Yosano (1878 - 1942) a Japanese poet, whose most famous poem "Thou shalt not die" was dedicated to her brother and turned into a protest song - kindly brought to my attention by Yoshihiko Nakanishi
Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachman, kindly brought to my attention by Mike Lyons who, with Patrick Drysdale, has selected and translated some of Ingeborg Bachmann's poems into English in a book entitled "Ingeborg Bachmann enigma Selected Poems", published by Ariadne Press, 2011. Bachmann was born after the First World War but the fact that she was Austrian and grew up during the period between the two World Wars, means that she has a lot to say that is, in my view, relevant as we approach the Centenary of the First World War and look in particular at women's poetry.
My grateful thanks to Yoshihiko and Mike.
Wednesday 2 January 2013
The exhibition is open for public viewing from 11am to 2pm Tuedays to Fridays and there will also be the opportunity to view items from the world's first permanent exhibition celebrating the life and works of Wilfred Owen.
For directions - or to find out more about the Wilfred Owen Story - visit their website here: www.wilfredowenstory.com
The Female Poets Of The First World War taster exhibition will include biographical details and examples of work from:
May Sinclair - who was born in Rock Ferry on the Wirral
Cicely Fox Smith
Moina Belle Michael (USA)
Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (France)
Marie Nizet (Belgium)
Jean Blewett (Canada)
Else Lasker-Schüler (Germany)
and Florbela Espança (Portugal)