Poesie

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The Miss Behave collection was inspired by the kind of women you want on your side, the kind of women you want to be. So, find your inspiration. Be bold. Be brave. And whatever you do, misbehave.

Sylvia Plath

Confront your inner demons

What can be said about Sylvia Plath that hasn’t been said? Her intensely autobiographical works revealed the struggles of the post-war generation in much the same way a surgeon does the vitals of an etherized patient. Her brutal honesty and precision of language delineate the experience of depression and the call of the void in a way that still speaks to us today, over 50 years after her death.

Wear this when you want to rip your enemies to shreds.

Dorothy Parker

Brush Your Teeth & Sharpen Your Tongue

A member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table in 1920s New York, Dorothy Rothschild Parker is best known for her sharp wit and spare verse. Her quips still live on today, along with her penchant for deriding the miseries of her own life, most notably in her poem Resumé in which she enumerates the flaws in various manners of suicide and determines “you might as well live.” Despite her cynicism she was also a a civil rights activist who worked against Franco during the Spanish Civil War and bequeathed her literary estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Sappho

Go down in history

Few fragments and only one full poem survive from the works of 7th century Greek poet Sappho, although in antiquity she was known as a great poet. Her likeness can be found on ancient coins and statues, and Plato called her “the tenth Muse”. Much of her work was dedicated to Eros and Aphrodite, and today she is perhaps best known as the most famous Lesbian (a word that originated with her). But even centuries later, her lyrical verses speak to the bittersweet complexities of the heart in a way that retains its sense of urgency and strikes a chord of truth.

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Lady Murasaki

Invent your own genre

Lady Murasaki, lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court during Japan’s Heian period, ostensibly wrote Tale of Genji to entertain Empress Akiko. However, her clever sketch of court life became instantly popular and a thousand years later, many consider her to be the first modern novelist.

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Sor Juana

Speak out no matter the time or place

This 17th century nun from colonial Mexico is worth seeking out because she was a gifted writer and a boundary-busting broad. A child prodigy who made it from her poor obscure family to prominence in court, she amassed a library of over 4,000 works and used her amazing intellect to write not only poetry, but plays, mathematical treatises, and — most importantly — what is considered by many to be the first published feminist manifesto in 1691.

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Phillis Wheatley

Transform the narrative

Born in West Africa and enslaved at a young age, Phillis Wheatley later became America’s first published black author and second published woman poet. A child prodigy, she published her first poem at the age of 17 and quickly gained national prominence during the colonial period. Her work stood as a monument to the intellectual abilities of people of color, and a reminder that for America to be free, all Americans must be free.