In this house are many women
Author: Sheree Fitch
Sheree Fitch’s refreshingly direct lyrics explore the harsh realities of women’s lives and the many kinds of shelter they create for themselves and give to each other. The title suite is peopled by battered wives, single mothers, women who are poor and perhaps homeless, and exhausted caregivers, with each woman speaking in her own voice. The new poems in “Moonsongs” express a decade’s personal development, not in the form of answers, but in the form of more pointed questions. In This House Are Many Women and Other Poems demonstrates Fitch’s poetic depth and versatility. But whether she writes passionately of victims and workers in a woman’s shelter, finds epiphanies in family life, or examines the uncertainties of romantic love, Fitch never loses her sense of humour. Who else but the creator of Mable Murple could conjure up Diana, the domestic acrobat who transforms her home into a circus or Eve, the mother of us all, offering child-rearing tips?