Comments on Works in When Women Waken
By Joan Leotta
When Women Waken is a new online journal. These works appeared in its May 2013 issue–I do not have permission to copy the works , but here is what I have to say about them.
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Running with Snakes by Alice Osborn
Admission: I’m a fan of Alice’s work. I found this poem to be the sort of” slice of life that makes you think” poem I love but was a bit confused–her marriage is a snake–are we to think that this walk with a male friend without her husband is another secret, a snake in and of itself since she is on precarious grounds by doing so. She says she avoids the reptile–but does she avoid the emotional snake that awaits her with her own marriage shakey (according to this poem) and his as well? I would have liked more clarity, but perhaps she just wanted to leave us with hidden snakes/questions!
Where the Heart Is by Nettie Thoompson
Flash Fiction. As far as I am concerned, Nettie Thompson has mastered it!!!! The emotions ar eshapr and the story line terrific and amazing. She is victim and then victor! In pieces. Wow! Different ending than just the line above leads us to think and great summary line at the end. Outstanding.