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A curtain over 
the name; anon 
or a pseudonym; masculine 
through the veil I glimpse 
a goldmine of what she is 

the language that she owns 
but cannot claim lies hollow 

like an empty grave

for the women that wrote 
enduring the taunts
unleashing their fiery ink
those brilliant cinders
on that baked path I walk barefoot 

the women that paved the road of literature
they persevered so that my voice is heard

I remember them on this day 

I choose to put forth this poem on International Women’s Day. What inspired me is the number of women writers that either operated under a male psuedonym or stayed anonymous.

“I would venture to guess that Anon was often a woman.”– Virginia Woolf

Happy International Women’s Day 🥰
Thanks for reading 💕


Published by Aboli Mane

Poet. Writer. Blogger. I post short reads, and poetry on A Writer In The Room. I published my debut poetry book "An Aster's Solitude" in 2019. Currently: Writing my first novel, an animal fantasy in a fictional world. Follow me to keep yourself updated.

6 thoughts on “Pseudonym

  1. Absolutely fantastic. All the lines so very deep. My respect for all female writers. Something not direct on this, but it’s a fact that a few well known female writes used a masculine pen name for a different reason or mere out of accident. Magnificent poem for the magnificent day. Thanks a lot.

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    1. Thank you for reading 💖 I was intrigued when I found out that George Elliot was a female writer known as Mary Ann Evans. That was how this poem was born. I am very touched by your words. ☺️

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