Woman in Metaphor

Twenty-seven poets from around the world share their vision of the feminine spirit, inspired by the paintings of Stephen Linsteadt.

Editor, Maria Elena B. Mahler has collected twenty-seven poems from twenty-seven accomplished, published, and award winning poets. She invited them to write a poem based on one of Stephen Linsteadt’s paintings; paintings he created over the last thirty-five years.

Her goal is to raise enough funds through Kickstarter to take the project to print. With books in hand, the poets are eager to come together for public readings in as many cities as possible. In this way, it is hoped that others will be inspired to connect with the spirit of the feminine, leading to a deeper connection with their inner selves and with the heart of the global community.

The book contains an introduction and essay by Lois P. Jones, host of Pacifica Radio’s “Poet’s Café” (KPFK, Los Angeles 90.7 fm), and co-producer of the Moonday poetry reading series in Santa Monica. Lois is a four-time Pushcart nominee, and the winner of the 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize and the 2012 Liakoura Prize. About this collection of art and poetry, Lois explains:

“When Stephen Linsteadt embarked on his metaphoric journey, he was striving toward a deeper sense of conception. If art implies a desire for the sacred it is, as Eckhart Tolle suggests, a portal or an access point which ultimately leads you to yourself. It is this portal that bids we enter, freely and without agenda. Each of the twenty-seven writers in Woman in Metaphor, all of various ages and beliefs – practiced poets or sensitive observer, transversed this threshold, returning with their own compelling visions.”

Book Review:
By Ed Bennett

“The artwork alone is worth the price of the anthology and the same can be said for the poetry. However, if you are expecting the usual classical female figure studies or poetry that sings the songs of love, requited or otherwise, this is not for you. Woman in Metaphor is not just about gender, it is an analysis of the meaning gender and all of the spiritual dimensions that it comprises. The poetry and art combine to give us what any great work of art strives for – a new way of envisioning a topic.”

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