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One morning in Maine, poet Sarah Sousa discovered a small, red-leather pocket diary dated 1886, written in an idiosyncratic, often illegible hand and a clipped, almost coded style. The diarist, Sousa eventually sleuths out, is Esther Small, a forty-two-year-old pregnant, stoic, and abused farmwife who, it appears, was destined to be heard. "Esther's voice had gotten into mOne morning in Maine, poet Sarah Sousa discovered a small, red-leather pocket diary dated 1886, written in an idiosyncratic, often illegible hand and a clipped, almost coded style. The diarist, Sousa eventually sleuths out, is Esther Small, a forty-two-year-old pregnant, stoic, and abused farmwife who, it appears, was destined to be heard. "Esther's voice had gotten into my head and I couldn't help but want to give her more of an opportunity to speak," says Sousa. "The handful of diaries written by ordinary women that find their way to publication must stand in for the rest. Those few, and now Esther's among them, that find even a scant readership have succeeded in giving voice to a silent generation."...

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ISBN : 9781937650391
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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The Diary of Esther Small Reviews

  • Alisha
    2018-10-11 00:15

    A spare and striking collection of poems garnered from the diary of an domestically-abused woman in Maine at the end of the 19th century. I love the idea of giving silent female witnesses to history voices today. I love using poetry as the medium to covey that. I love combining the prosaic text of a personal diary and the higher literary form of poetry.

  • Jamie
    2018-10-02 00:16

    This was very interesting to read. I wish that I also had Church of Needles with me when I read it, though, because I think it had more poems written for Esther Small, and I would have liked to have read them with the diary.

  • Christy
    2018-09-22 01:10

    This diary was such a meager outlet for a woman with such inner strength. Thank you Sarah for giving her censored, hidden voice more power and divulging great influence that can exist even from so long ago. Never underestimate women of that time.