A Woman's Place
"A woman's place is in the house…and the senate, " quips Kristin Hannah. bestselling author of The Nightingale, while Elizabeth Gilbert author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia had a slightly different take on a woman's place or role in the world. "A woman's place is in the kitchen...sitting in a comfortable chair, with her feet up, drinking a glass of wine and watching her husband cook dinner."
Even in English there is controversy about what and where a woman's place is. It is even more complicated and nuanced when it comes to other languages and cultures. A Woman's Place in the Dictionary by Kimberly Burnham is a collection of before and after poems that look at the word for woman in several languages and what the dictionary entry itself says about women as well as how the definitions before and after the word woman say about her. Some of the poems touch on synonyms and homonyms for the word "woman" in different languages.
Women and Dictionary Poetry
In the Oxford English dictionary, the word "woman" is defined as an adult human female. The word immediately before it is "woma" meaning a brownish-grey Australian python found in sandy desert areas. The entry after "woman" is "womb."
And so in an English dictionary a woman finds herself between a snake and a part of her own body
In other languages the word for "woman", "frau" (German), "wahine" (Hawaiian), or "biscuit" (a particularly attractive woman in Rasta or Caribbean Patois) is unique to that language. The words that come before and after "woman" vary from one bilingual dictionary to another. This is a collection of dictionary poems exploring the word "woman" and the context we find ourselves in languages of the world.
About the Kimberly Burnham
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Kimberly has contributed poetry to 60 plus book including the Inner Child Press' popular monthly volume of The Year of the Poet. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013.
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