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The Exiled Heart: A Meditative Autobiography

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An American poet recounts her twenty-five year relationship with a Latvian composer, in the face of surveillance and harrassment by Soviet authorities, career demands, and separations.
Published March 1st 1991 by LSU Press
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I taught at the U of Wisconsin-Madison, am currently a member of the Electorate of Poets at St. John the Divine in NYC, now live in southern VA. Have published 24 books, 10 chapbooks, and 2 translations of classical drama. Now working on a handbook for writing, a book of flash and short-shorts, and three poetry mss. I really love writing! My husband and I lost our elderly dog earlier this year ...more
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“There is a wicked and pervading arrogance loose on the earth, like a rabid beast, an overdog. Does it run, does it slouch, does its name have a number? The beast preaches contempt, for that's what arrogance says: that nothing is real but itself, and the bone and blood of another's being are insubstantial as breath.” 8 likes
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