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Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law

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Rich's third book of poems. In Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970, Rich discusses this book as a watershed moment in the discovery of her voice.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 17th 1967 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1967)
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Lisa M.
First, I was really turned off by the cover of this book. I had no idea what was on it while I read it. As I look at the icon above this review, I realize it may be a skull surrounded by fabric ... ? I don't know. I also really disliked the page design in this collection. Each poem is topped with a small graphic. At the end of each poem is a line break and the year it was written. I don't really have a problem with that information, but a little more space would be appreciated.

I have read two ot
Everett Darling
A few poems really stood out ("Passing On"), while I trudged through the rest impatiently. Upon rereading, my impatience seemed to have had a purpose-In short, Adrienne Rich bores me to no end.
Michael Vagnetti
Who’s soft? Not here. Tough, sober diction, not out to please. If some art pretends to use a mythological hammer, and hoists it heroically with two hands, this poetry, in defiance, reads like the author is using a real one – and pulling out nails. What does it feel like? Looking over the resulting half-demolished wall, as one might do in combat. Time has started to chafe. There are a catalog of things to say here when you’ve thought sharply about gender and realize, vastly, what’s not right. The ...more
For me, this collection of work feels monumental, especially given the decade in which the poems were worked on and published. Beginning with the title of the book, which defines a married woman in relation to another woman instead of to a man, these poems challenge the popular culture notion of the fifties housewife, doing her housework in white pumps and pearls. But, even that summation trivializes the searing work Ms. Rich does with her economical language and intricate images. A must-read f ...more
I enjoyed this quite a bit! The poems "sisters", "peeling onions" and "snapshots of a daughter-in-law" resonated especially with me.

I struggled sometimes with Rich's use of line breaks.

Beautiful poetry, not pretty. Masterful imagery, strong allusions!
I think I'm bad at reading poetry.
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Adrienne Rich (b. 1929). Born to a middle-class family, Rich was educated by her parents until she entered public school in the fourth grade. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1951, the same year her first book of poems, A Change of World, appeared. That volume, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and her next, The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems ...more
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“Only to have a grief
equal to all these tears!

There's not a sob in my chest.
Dry hearted Peer Gynt
I pare away, no hero,
merely a cook.”
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