7 links and a poem:
I don’t know that I will ever match this woman’s age and grace in her own body, but damn if it wasn’t a beautiful and inspiring article to read—and to see images of her in the 1930s as a young artist.
How Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son crafted a literary takedown of one of the nineteenth century’s feminist heroines, the brilliant Margaret Fuller (for more on Fuller, read this and this).
Struck by how many articles are surfacing about the *surprise* that many high-status “warrior” graves turn out to be—gasp!—women. Such as here, here, and here.
A newly recovered manuscript by 16-17th c. Scottish miniaturist, calligrapher, and embroiderer-book- maker Esther Inglis—who also was one of the earliest women artists to paint self-portraits.
A restored archival video of Hebridean women waulking wool with song. I never tire of watching this.
And finally, a poem for this week by poet, activist, and Harlem Renaissance salon host Georgia Douglas Johnson:
The Heart of a WomanThe heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn,As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on,Afar o'er life's turrets and vales does it roamIn the wake of those echoes, the heart calls home.The heart of a woman falls back with the night,And enters some alien cage in its plight,And tries to forget it has dreamed of the starsWhile it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.
Julian Hawthorne's opinion of Margaret Fuller doesn't jive with his dad's opinion of her, according to other Hawthorne biographers. I tried to find an article I recently read that claimed both Nathan and Julian had some unresolved mommy issues.
Still above all - no pressure😰
The link re: Sophie Thoreau set me to wondering have you ever written anything about Margaret Fuller? No pressure but March is Woman's History Month
o my goodness i’ve been meaning to write about Margaret! YES! 👏 Love that you reminded me. 💜
💞💞💞 ... so many women worries, and that poem 💔!