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 CCLM.. Connections was one of the seminal journals to publish work just by women. Copies of Connections have been donated to Poet’s House for researchers and readers. The Ides of March represents that time of change when women gathered in small groups to understand that the personal is political. The power of women working together is extraordinary and necessary to effect positive change in the world. The Sybil of Delphi was not the only visionary. It is interesting to note that the majority of poems in the book were written during that time of year known as the Ides of March.

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