We, The Women (Essential Poets Series)
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Her mother, Helen Gravely Jones Rich, a Christian, was a pianist and composer who, cleaving to social norms of the day, forsook her career to marry and have children. Adrienne was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Theirs was a bookish household, and Adrienne, as she said afterward, was groomed by her father to be a literary prodigy.
He encouraged her to write poetry when she was still a child, and she steeped herself in the poets in his library — all men, she later ruefully observed. But those men gave her the formalist grounding that let her make her mark when she was still very young.
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When Ms. Released in , the book, with its sober mien, dutiful meter and scrupulous rhymes, was praised by reviewers for its impeccable command of form. For even in this volume Ms. They do not fear the men beneath the tree; They pace in sleek chivalric certainty. When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by. The tigers in the panel that she made Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid. View all New York Times newsletters.
Rich chronicles the pulverizing onus of traditional married life. It opens this way:. You, once a belle in Shreveport, with henna-colored hair, skin like a peachbud, still have your dresses copied from that time.
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Your mind now, mouldering like wedding-cake, heavy with useless experience, rich with suspicion, rumor, fantasy, crumbling to pieces under the knife-edge of mere fact. Though the book horrified some critics, it sealed Ms.
She knew the strain of domestic duty firsthand. In Ms. Rich had married a Harvard economist, Alfred Haskell Conrad, and by the time she was 30 she was the mother of three small boys.
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Rich became active in the civil rights and antiwar movements. By , partly because she had begun, inwardly, to acknowledge her erotic love of women, Ms. Rich and her husband had grown estranged. Emma Wright, 33, was one of those women.
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She set up her own poetry publishing house, The Emma Press , at the age of 25 after noticing that all the big publishers and poetry magazines were run by men — and that certain styles of poetry were not being published. It was just not represented. But the form, the subject matter and the style really resonated with me. I thought: who are the tastemakers?
The payoff is that I publish poetry I want to read. The great mass of love poetry over the centuries has been men looking at girls. Even just 10 years ago, you could pick up an anthology and struggle to find poems in which women look at men. It was refreshing to hear so many female voices. It works together in tandem. New Releases. We, the Women.
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The imagery in We, the Women is at once startling and evocative.