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The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001 Paperback – November 17, 2002
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Adrienne Rich is the Blake of American letters. -- Nadine Gordimer
Rich's poems, volume after volume, have been the makings of one of the authentic, unpredictable, urgent, essential voices of our time. -- W. S. Merwin
[H]er dialectic fire produces poems of transcendent beauty. -- New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed, and widely taught, Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose. Her constellation of honors includes a National Book Award for poetry for Tonight, No Poetry Will Serve, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1994, and a National Book Award for poetry in 1974 for Diving Into the Wreck. That volume, published in 1973, is considered her masterwork. Ms. Rich’s other volumes of poetry include The Dream of a Common Language, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, An Atlas of the Difficult World, The School Among the Ruins, and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth. Her prose includes the essay collections On Lies, Secrets, and Silence; Blood, Bread, and Poetry; an influential essay, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” and the nonfiction book Of Woman Born, which examines the institution of motherhood as a socio-historic construct. In 2006, Rich was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. In 2010, she was honored with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award.
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"A woman in the shape of a monster
a monster in the shape of a woman
the skies are full of them"
need I say more? Elitist garbage that can't hold a candle to Thomas, Poe, Tennyson, Dickinson, Yeats, Plath, Eliot, and you can probably include yourself in this list. If you actually enjoy reading this, take out a personal ad or load a gun - one of the two...with everything out there, don't waste your time on this rubish.
In 1988 my ardent feminist girlfriend gave me a copy of "The Fact of a Doorframe" (the 1984 edition) and told me not to speak to her again until I finished reading it. This seemed an odd request, but since I really wanted to speak to her again, I read it. Rich's uncompromising passion not only moved me; it started a process that changed my view of the world and ended up changing my life. I guess you should expect that from a writer this powerful.
P.S. I particularly love "Your Native Land, Your Life", "The Dream of a Common Language", and "What is Found There". ("What is Found There" is supposed to be essays and letters but it seems like poetry to me.)