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Houston Breakthrough, September 1977 - Page 12. September 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 1, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3036/show/3023.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, September 1977
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date September 1977
Description Vol. 2 No. 8
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women
  • Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Newsletters
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
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Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Transcript TEXAS WOMEN POETS fiRST N A SERiES The specific tool of the poet is sight, or clarity of vision. The beauty of this lies in the ability to see a situation as it truly is. The weight, the poet's subsequent success or failure, depends entirely upon her own will power, the acceptance of responsibility for the effects of her life. In regions that have a broad-based cultural and social integration, it is easier for the artist to define her place because she has previous examples by which to gauge herself. Art is neither taught nor imported, but born into the society as a natural evolution of humanity. The situation, as it stands in Texas right now, is such that our greatest obstacle, that of having no set foundation to work from, is also our greatest potential. Precisely because we are not an established culture, but an emerging one, we have the option to shape it anyway we choose. In view of this, the responsibility of the artist seems clear: we must remain true to ourselves. We are the only ones who can decide who we must be. We must both conceive and give birth to ourselves. Because of this embryonic state of the arts, it is not surprising that so many of the real activists on the poetry scene here are women. We have the fundamental knowledge of how to deal with this type of energy, whether it be physical, spiritual, artistic or otherwise. The women here represent only a small part of the unique and diverse forms developing across the state. Regardless of their theme or style, each one possesses her own voice, the mark of a true poet. Together they symbolize only a glimpse of what the region has to offer. —Introduction: J. Whitebird An Athenian Reminisces Yes, I remember Paul, his ugly face Alive with joy, his stooping shoulders seeming Straighter somehow as if his words had driven A rod of iron down his spine. "My friends, The Unknown God to whom you rear an altar I now declarer* So, he proceeeded to Domesticate the Mystery. He's dead You say, beheaded by that madman Nero. No doubt he scarcely felt the blade strike through The bone so padded was he with conviction. Courageous man! Yet now that I am old I'm not so sure that one can be as sure As Paul. At any rate, I've never caught The Unknown God at leisure in His rooms. Nor spied Him in the middle of his labors, Although my bruise-bewildered brain would like to. Whether or not He makes the crooked paths straight, I've had to hack mine out as sorry-best I might. Christ died for us, Paul taught? How strange A god should think a man's requirements so Excessive. All that I need is space, Not so much larger, really, than a cat's [Or so a deity might measure it] To ease my cramped limbs in the sun a little. Well, well, the names of God are beautiful- Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Mithra, Astarte, Isis, now Father, Son, and Holy Ghost- So many screens behind which he eludes us. And though stout-hearted Pauls may claim the Quarry Pet of their pieties, they may as well Drag home with them a shadow by the neck. -Vassar Miller Copyright 1977 by Vassar Miller from "Small Change" Tired If I could sleep deeply enough, I might touch the eye of dark, life. Yet the way I sleep, men drink salt. Always wearier upon waking— I have written these lines without book, thumbing the thesaurus of my bones. -Vassar Miller Copyright 1975 by Vassar Miller from "If I could Steep Deeply Enough' Encounter / was content with the pseudonym of my own name, with the disguise provided by my body, snapped to when anybody coiled me, answered to the image captured in eyesight's polaroid posted for all the ctmous who passed, lived, a stranger in my own skin, because my friends defined me til at your word, I, somnambulist, awakened astonished in the streets of my identity, and there you left me, but not before your flesh, breathed in a muted sentence, instructed me in mine. -Vassar Miller Copyright 1977 by Vassar Miller from "Small Change" \ASSAR MillER HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH SEPTEMBER 1977 PAGE 1A