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June 19, 2020


There it is again,"work that is necessary is also devalued, especially when it is done primarily by women"! Not only domestic work but what is now being called ":essential work" during a pandemic that sends doctors, nurses, EMTs, caregivers and cleaners and food workers to risk death from a novel virus, while unraveling an economy based on retail and recreation by confining white-collar workers at home. A hundred years and only the faces of the suffering have changed. Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson appeared in accounts of the Harlem Renaissance by feminist writers of the 1970s and earlier, then slipped back into obscurity as the women's movement was largely co-opted by academic programs. It's just as relevant today as it was when she wrote it.

Thank you, Stacey! I so admire the way your comment pulls together many threads, including your research. And I agree with Jacqueline L that both Alice Dunbar-Nelson and her work deserve our remembrance. 'I Sit And Sew' is a poem not only for its time but also for today. Her imagery takes a strong position vis a vis war: resistant. Can you let me know about whether, with your permission, I can re-post the poem and your commentary on my site about Dan Berrigan's legacy of working for peace?

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