On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 1995 - Social Science - 320 pages

In this collection of prose writings, one of America's foremost poets and feminist theorists reflects upon themes that have shaped her life and work.

At issue are the politics of language; the uses of scholarship; and the topics of racism, history, and motherhood among others called forth by Rich as "part of the effort to define a female consciousness which is political, aesthetic, and erotic, and which refuses to be included or contained in the culture of passivity."
 

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Rich is a favorite poet of mine. But as with most poetry, it's about the reader. Poetry is rarely good or bad - it either hits your or it doesn't. Rich's work hits me. Read full review

Contents

On History Illiteracy Passivity Violence and Womens Culture
Writing as ReVision 1971
Teaching Language in Open Admissions 1972
The Antifeminist Woman 1972
The Poems of Eleanor
Two Columns 1973
19281974 1974
The Power of Emily Dickinson 1975
Some Notes on Lying 1975
The Common World of Women 1976
The Meaning of Our Love for Women Is What We Have Constantly to Expand
Works of a Common Woman 1977
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Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was an award-winning poet, influential essayist, radical feminist, and major public intellectual of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry, including the National Book Award–winning Diving into the Wreck, and more than a half-dozen of prose.

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