This anthology has a foreword by the acclaimed poet U.A. Fanthorpe in which she states: ‘ They write poems about … bras, moles, trousers, and the smell men leave in bathroom… But this is not domesticated poetry because it is about hoovers. Poetry is liberation and these are the women who got away, who are redefining themselves with a new accuracy’.
Published by Bloodaxe Books and Diamond Twig Press the majority of the poems are written by Julia and co ‘virgin’ and writer Ellen Phethean with poems from other women poets including Wendy Cope, Maria Jastrzebska , Anna Swir and Julia’s mother Vicky Darling. Some of the poems from Modern Goddess and others poems like ‘Ancestry‘, which went on to appear in Sudden Collapses in Public Places.