Books

Jeopardy

Jeopardy

In JEOPARDY Toni Ortner explores grief and loss, and the path to acceptance, “It’s riotous enough to love. / Be my sweet morning dove. / Let go of the black cloth of mourning. / I will weave you a nest of sweet grass and sun.” “In the midst of this litany of grief”...

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The Water Poems

The Water Poems

An elegant pink water lily floats on the cover of The Water Poems by Toni Ortner. This beautifully printed book contains 24 clear poems that have appeared in fine literary magazines. Toni’s work alters to record and encompass what is, so this book among l6 others is...

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Writing with Our Blood

Writing with Our Blood

by Moon Publishing and Printing, Inc. This book honors famous women writers, artists and visionaries of the 20th century as well as ordinary women who were innocent victims of war and genocide. A special section is devoted to Lyn Lifshin, and there are poems about...

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Summoned

Summoned

"Summoned contains the stories of six famous women from history, each on a spiritual path. I have selected specific women who, through their positive vision, significantly altered their society. "Each woman tells her story from first person point of view as I imagined...

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The Ides of March

The Ides of March

The poems in The Ides of March were published in literary journals during the l970's during the Women's Movement, a time of consciousness raising groups. At that time Toni Ortner who lived in New York edited and published Connections which was supported by grants from...

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Real Stories

Real Stories

Real Stories is the first all-inclusive reading and writing textbook in the United States specifically designed and class tested for success with Black, Hispanic, and multicultural students. As Toni explains… By the time these students arrived in my classroom, they...

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Dream in Pienza and Other Poems

Dream in Pienza and Other Poems

(Timberline Press, 1979) Originally published by Timberline Press in a handset and hand printed limited edition of 200 copies with a hand cut and hand printed serigraph. The title poem was written in Rome; the lyrical quality of the book evokes another century....

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Entering Another Country

Entering Another Country

(Basilisk Press, 1976) Review by Helen Cooper in Motheroot Journal. The title poem, “Entering Another Country” is dedicated to Eli Bodi Enzer, who died. There are exuberant, rich landscapes of imagined travel, journeys into the visual worlds of Grandma Moses and...

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Never Stop Dancing

Never Stop Dancing

(Greenfield Review Press, 1976) Never Stop Dancing originally published by the Greenfield Review Press. “This is about the experience of being in a mental hospital although it could be about being in any type of prison. The specific are here, and it is well written.”...

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