- Squier, Harriet
- Date of entry: Oct-07-1997
The conflicting experiences of puberty for girls is the subject of this poem. A girl's bodily self awareness coincides with society's devaluation of a girl's sexuality. The conflicts between innocence, dirtiness, sexuality, and learning "to love yourself again" constitute the complexity of coming of age for young women.
First published: 1974 (Pearl, No. 3, Winter)
I Am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted
Sandra Haldeman Martz