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(photo thanks to http://quartzo-feldspato-mica.blogspot.com/2003_12_01_archive.html) Okay, so I was heartsick that we did not get to any of Adrienne Rich’s poems in yesterday’s class. She is a tour de force for women, for poetry, if ever there was one. And one of my heroines. Because of what she stands for, and because of the intimate and […]

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These are a few photos I took of Plath’s home while studying abroad in London last semester. They were previously published to the wonderful Amanda Rutstein’s blog for her Plath independent study last semester!

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First, I must say that I LOVED the Levertov essay, “Some Notes on Organic Form.” And she mentioned the etymology of two words at the top of 1083 that I just wanted to mention here: “To contemplate comes from ‘templum, temple, a place, a space for observation, marked out by the augur.’ It means, not […]

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“Sestina” (or, “Young Woman Visits her Childhood Home, to Find that the Bradford Pear is Missing.”) The music is live from the bar, lit violet and falling, through the hornbeam leaves onto the window, onto you: spread like porcelain sand dunes under a black sky. Turn up your eyes, variegated as the sky and live, […]

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I know we only got to ONE Bishop poem on Thursday, but I can’t say I am surprised.  Bishop packs a punch. One of my high school english teachers saw fit to hand me a collection of Bishop poems about four years ago, with the statement “Bishop is a poet’s poet…I think you’ll like her.” […]

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