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Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying

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Published June 1st 1977 by Cleis Pr
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Emmett Racecar
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The type of book you read after a break-up.
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Why would I ever want to give up the serendipity of a used bookstore for gloss and planning? It found me right when it needed to.

Not long at all and definitely a document of its time. It's really tempting to try and reconnect the little gaps in the life of Adrienne Rich, which says as much about the community of women reading as it does about anything else. I wish it were more kneaded over. Little, strong morsels to chew over but not a lot to hold onto.
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Well worth reading and pertinent today, so many decades later.
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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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“Lying is done with words, and also with silence.” 559 likes
“In lying to others we end up lying to ourselves. We deny the importance of an event, or a person, and thus deprive ourselves of a part of our lives. Or we use one piece of the past or present to screen out another. Thus we lose faith even in our own lives.
An honourable human relationship—that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love”—is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.
It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.
It is important to do this because in so doing we do justice to our own complexity.
It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.
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It isn’t that to have an honourable relationship with you, I have to understand everything, or tell you everything at once, or that I can know, beforehand, everything I need to tell you.
It means that most of the time I am eager, longing for the possibility of telling you. That these possibilities may seem frightening, but not destructive, to me. That I feel strong enough to hear your tentative and groping words. That we both know we are trying, all the time, to extend the possibilities of truth between us.
The possibility of life between us.”
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