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Best American Poetry, 1996
edited by Adrienne Rich

Best American: Adrienne Rich’s Radical Canonization

When my first undergraduate poetry professor taught “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” and “Diving into the Wreck” side by side, to demonstrate how Rich’s work was transformed by feminism, I marveled how…

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Notes Toward a Politics of Location

View image | gettyimages.com 1. “I am to speak these words in Europe, but I have been searching for them in the United States of America.” This is how Adrienne…


6 Writers on the Lasting Influence of Adrienne Rich

  Over the course of her long career, Adrienne Rich influenced innumerable poets, critics, editors, feminists and other activists. It would be hard to account for the breadth of it. Since my…


Implied Freedom: Rich’s Radical Writer/Teacher

I am a writer, primarily of poems, but also of criticism, essays, and fiction. Over the last decade I have taught courses in geology, ecology, outdoor living skills, and writing. I’ve…


Coming of Age Through Adrienne Rich

In 1975, when I began my graduate work at a large Midwestern university, Adrienne Rich’s groundbreaking essay collections hadn’t been published yet. That year, my twenty-fourth, had been a watershed….


Call for Submissions: Adrienne Rich Feature

In the March-April 2015 issue The Critical Flame will commemorate the third anniversary of Adrienne Rich’s passing with a special multi-essay feature on her poetry, criticism, feminism, and politics. CF is currently accepting submissions of…


A Reluctance to Cede Ground: Age and the Writing Life

“…so blow a kiss to this drowned world. The gods have spoken: yield.” —Maxine Kumin, “Going Down” In her introduction to A Story Larger Than My Own: Women Writers Look…


Built of Voices: Kiese Laymon and Leigh Stein

Kiese Laymon and Leigh Stein do not appear to share much in the way of common experience. Laymon is a black man from Mississippi; Stein is a white half-Jewish woman…


The Spectre of Gender Equality

In End of Equality, Beatrix Campbell, a British writer and activist, draws upon a career of feminist analysis and agitation to present a brief treatise on gender-based inequality. This book…


The Bully, the Buddy, and the Populist Press

Doris Kearns Goodwin is America’s most popular active historian. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1995),…