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Poetry Adrienne Rich


The I you know isn’t me, you said, truthtelling liar
My roots are not my chains
And I to you: Whose hands have grown
through mine? Owl-voiced I cried then: Who?

But yours was the one, the only eye assumed

Did we turn each other into liars?
holding hands with each others’ chains?  [...]

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Issue 12



Winter 2011


Adrienne Rich is the author of A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth (both W.W. Norton & Company). A new collection of poetry, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve will be published by W.W. Norton & Company this year. ​


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