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Have you read any Adrienne Rich?

If you haven't, well, my love, you need to get yourself to a library, immediately. Poet and essayist Rich's "On Claiming an Education" changed my life as a quietly political 16-year-old, and her "Compulsory Heterosexuality" continues to be a must-read on every syllabus in any kind of class dealing with bodies, sexuality and society. That piece in particular is worth your time whether you identify as hetero/homo/bi/asexual or anything in-between.

That said, Rich has a new collection of essays out right now, and the Chron's Book section gave it a look in last Sunday's edition. A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, 1997-2008 gathers a number of Rich's recent writings on poetry, social justice, aesthetics and activism. Reviewer Michael S. Roth writes that in her work, "Rich continues to refuse to separate the artistic from the political, and she articulates in powerful ways how a truly radical political agenda can draw upon an aesthetic vision." (Whew. Is it wrong that I'm a little turned on right now?)

Give it a read.

'A Human Eye,' by Adrienne Rich (SFGate)


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