Their first recommendation is performance poet Staceyann Chin, with her fine and fierce poem, 'If only out of vanity'.
Although this poem makes me feel very old indeed, my favourite part is:
“I want to be forty years old
and weigh three hundred pounds
and ride a motorcycle in the wintertime
with four hell raising children
and a one hundred ten pound female lover
who writes poetry about my life
and my children and loves me
like no one has ever loved me before
I want to be the girl your parents will use
as a bad example of a lady”
Check out the text of the poem here:
It's like a more angry and politically aware version of Jenny Joseph's famous 'Warning', written in 1961. You know it:
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me. ...