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Preview — Essential Essays by Adrienne Rich. The essays selected here by feminist scholar Sandra M. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 20th by W. Norton Company first published August 28th More Details Other Editions 6.
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Del feminismo interseccional. Los Ensayos esenciales. For anyone who didn't "grow up" reading Adrienne Rich, this is where to start. I had read many of these pieces either many years ago when I was learning to be a feminist or soon after her death in when I immersed myself in both her poetry and essays as remembrance.
Still, reading this collection, as arranged in roug For anyone who didn't "grow up" reading Adrienne Rich, this is where to start. Still, reading this collection, as arranged in roughly chonological order, provided new insights. My one sadness is that so much of what she wrote 40, 30, 20 years ago about patriarchy, capitalism, racism. Just one example: In she wrote: "The creative energy of patriarchy is fast running out; what remains is its self-generating energy for destruction.
As women, we have our work cut out for us. I hope younger readers can appreciate the long history and find the ways to continue to move forward. It's about the power of people to speak up, to be honest and active and kind. I don't know that Rich uses the word kind in these pages, but kindness was there for me. Choosing something to quote is tough when you want to quote an entire book.
I can flip to any page and find a line I love:. It's very smart and deeply thoughtful. I have been recommending it al It's about the power of people to speak up, to be honest and active and kind. I have been recommending it all over the place for Rich's humanity and prescience. She writes of poetry, of her own early success and recognition of her immaturity in that early work.
She writes about political repression and activism, about personal growth and public service, about the risks of speaking out and the risks of remaining silent. She was writing about the current political situation more than twenty years ago! The selection of her speeches and essays is presented in chronological order, with the earlier selections somewhat more personal than the later.
This isn't memoir, however, but a brilliant mind looking at how our role in life can best be served. She always is speaking to all of us, to the world whether her original audience was a room of poets or readers of a widely published journal. So graceful and humble and bold and strong and smart! I have not read everything because I have only read her poetry in the past and now these selected essays.
I mourn not to have found her prose long ago and read each as it was delivered into the world. She was writing things that would have been of help to me in my twenties and thirties and forties and fifties as much as they speak to me today. I needed her words. I need them still. If I were into poetry, I would have liked this a whole lot more. Rich has great essays on motherhood, Emily Dickinson, exploring her identity as a Jewish woman, and a speech to graduates from Smith College. There are also essays about poetry and art, and that's where the book loses me a little.
Not because it's not well-written; it most definitely is. It's just that the subject of poetry does not interest me, so it was difficult for me to pay attention.
I did enjoy her meditation on Muriel Rukey If I were into poetry, I would have liked this a whole lot more. I did enjoy her meditation on Muriel Rukeyser, because a professor of mine once told me that Rukeyser would be a good poet to read if I don't like poetry. Someday I will attempt both Rich and Rukeyser, and maybe they will be my gateway into liking poetry. Brilliant, searching, revelatory, and yes, essential, these essays have helped reconnect me to the necessity of poetry and storytelling.
Rich's loving unpacking of "Jane Eyre" and her stripping away of the spinsterish sentimentality popularly attributed Emily Dickinson were just what I needed. She tosses off trenchant bons mots on every page. Poets are "not interior decorators"! Poetry is not some soothing form of "linguistic aromatherapy"! Her intellect and erudition are fierce, her beliefs fir Brilliant, searching, revelatory, and yes, essential, these essays have helped reconnect me to the necessity of poetry and storytelling.
Her intellect and erudition are fierce, her beliefs firmly held and solidly grounded, while her understanding is broad, compassionate, embracing. This was the book I needed when I needed it, to make me fall back into love, into hope and faith too, with the work that properly belongs to writers and artists. I see that another reviewer felt excluded, as a male reader, by Rich. I didn't experience that al all — if anything, I felt specially included. Privileged to be made privy to insights no male writer could have shown me.
Privileged to be invited into the powerful mind of a writer whom words never failed and whose experience, rendered with such clarity, was so unlike mine. Every writer needs this book. This is, hands-down, the best book I have read all year. I am so grateful it exists. History's transgressions are angled, the physical is a mining of the mind, we are all slippery for blood, a prayer for the possessed, the wayward, the lost.
Mar 23, Vel Veeter rated it really liked it. This is a selection of essays on various topics, mostly literary or related to s and s feminism from the now-deceased poet Adrienne Rich. And so she had to figure a lot of that out for herself. Her essays regarding her role as a mother and wife suggest that she basically became aware in a more meaningful way the issues of these paths, and so she found a way out of them onto a more authentic path.
The whole thing begins with a few essays about reading, including a long one on Jane Eyre that is satisfying in a lot of ways. I am not much of a reader of poetry, so a collection of essays that gives me indirect and direct insight into the mind of a poet is fascinating and more useful to me than trying to work my way through their poems.
I am sure that I cannot easily articulate the experience of reading these essays. First, there is a sense of not being the intended audience. This is a discussion about, amongst and for women.
The sources she draws on and the writers she writes about are predominantly women. Male society and culture are seen as a threat, as oppressive, as something which must be pushed back and away in order for this discussion to go on. At times I felt I would protest that she was unfair or simplistic in assign I am sure that I cannot easily articulate the experience of reading these essays.
At times I felt I would protest that she was unfair or simplistic in assigning all blame for the way the world is to men. She seemed to say in some essays that relationships with men are hurtful to women and that it is the women in women's lives that provide nurturing and support.
I wanted to protest that this is too simplistic, and the easy counter-argument would be to ask her whether lesbian couples were not as prone to the same disagreements, misunderstandings, jealousies, changes of heart, etc.
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