Aphrodite’s Daughter

From villages in Crete to Carolina farms to San Francisco pavement, the women in these poems struggle to live by their own lights, despite pressure for them to serve as mere appendages to men. Aphrodite’s Daughter tells stories of women in myth, history, art, and contemporary life. The goddess’s daughter, fed up with her role in her mother’s story, says to her: “i’m leaving—i’m walking out/of your myth finally—i need a mother not a love goddess. . . . ” This volume springs from the sense that, as Adrienne Rich reminds us, under patriarchy women often feel “wildly unmothered.”


“Aphrodite’s Daughter is a stunning and absorbing collection of poems.”
—Pam Bernard, author of My Own One Hundred Doors

“Gibson has given us a rich and expansive collection, brimming with everyday mysteries, set against the background of ancient myth and ritual.”
—Kathryn Stripling Byer, NC Poet Laureate 2005-2009

“What is it to be a Goddess staring at herself in a mirror?  ‘All comes alive in her presence’. . . or does it?  In Becky Gould Gibson’s daughter poems another Goddess—She Who Is the Source of Life—emerges and is named.”
—Carol Christ, author of She Who Changes

“This collection, which won the 2006 X.J. Kennedy Prize, celebrates a keen-eyed talent in the prime of her craft. Get thee to a bookstore.”
—Michael Beadle, author of Primer

“Gibson’s. . . intricately webbed poems use humor not only to build community but also to push against socially accepted communal norms. The humor. . . may be described as wry or sassy and resides in great wit.”
—Felicia Mitchell, North Carolina Literary Review

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