Acrostic Womb Fury

Myself and several brilliant female Manchester poets submitted work to an anthology of women’s poetry. We were all rejected!

This poem is for Becca, Anna and Steph x


Spurn us, we are
Peddlars of toughened morsels. You will have to
Unhinge your jaw to swallow


Rhetoric. We are harpies chained to the
North, flexing our limbs,
Exercising our church choir voices. We put great
Deeds of women to song. We love them whether they

Behave themselves or run around
Yelling, the way it stirs your heart to see children,

Females, running loud and
Reject us; throw us
Into solidarity. There are enough
Exceptional poets to justify our

This poem is written and intended in good spirits; we have been joking a lot about the merits (or lack of) in acrostic poems, so it seemed like a good outlet for my disappointment (I can’t claim to speak for the others!)

I am obviously gutted that I wasn’t accepted but it means a lot of very awesome poets were. I am also hugely supportive of the aims behind the anthology and the organisers’ decision to support Rape Crisis.

(Also I blogged this from my phone so excuse any hiccups!)


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. You ROCK! This is awesome! 🙂

  2. Keep plugging away, your readers know you are good enough!

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