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May 31, 2011


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Another way to look at "I"-- much contemporary poetry by women is written in the intimate voice of the I-- including my own because we are laying claim to our experience of the world. Eve may have been enlightened by the serpent to claim her power. She paid a heavy price-- that she/we/women are still paying in theology-- we are blamed for the fall of humankind, scapegoated.

I agree that self-obsession leads to a dead end, as if there were no fuller, greater world. But the "I" in poetry has taken a real beating when it has been the witness-bearing voice, as in Diving Into the Wreck-- the voice of the "quotidian" I heard a fly buzz when I died... and the voice that praises the mystery of existence: I celebrate myself and sing paraphrase. And the debate rages on... xj

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