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The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich
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Jun 11, 2012

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bookshelves: poetry
Read in June, 2012

maybe i should just stop 'rating' the books, i don't know. or i'll start giving all the poetry three stars as an act of both defiance and compromise, because three stars is kind of halfway and i feel like most of the time one is only ever at their halfway point in reading poetry. like, if you read it once you haven't really read it at all. i don't think i've ever truly appreciated a poem until i've read it at least five times. this is very relevant regarding adrienne rich

here's part three of "Splittings," because all i ever do in my reviews now is substitute content for review about said content:

The world tells me I am its creature
I am raked by eyes brushed by hands
I want to crawl into her for refuge lay my head
in the space between her breast and shoulder
abnegating power for love
as women have done or hiding
from power in her love like a man
I refuse these givens the splitting
between love and action I am choosing
not to suffer uselessly and not to use her
I choose to love this time for once
with all my intelligence

like, sorry that i'd rather let your mind blather about this instead of blathering myself about it.

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