An Individual History: Poems by Michael Collier

By Michael Collier

An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that contain a lifestyles. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who used to be institutionalized for 5 many years serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings by way of a necessary American poet.

from “An person History

This used to be ahead of the time of lithium and Zoloft

before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics

and just about all the psychotropic medicinal drugs, yet no longer before

    thorazine,

which the suicide O’Laughlin known as “handcuffs for the

   mind.”

It used to be ahead of, in the course of, and after the time of atomic

   fallout,

Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you might take water

    cures,

find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,

or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.

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6 And became one of the activists in Columbia Women’s Liberation. The every detail of which was a passionate engagement for justice and equality for women, and the rede¤ning of ourselves as productive, not sidelined or blocked by gender. “Woman” was a political, an economic, category. With Ann Sutherland Harris I counted up and sorted the percentages of female faculty at Columbia, adducing institutional prejudices. We made one of the ¤rst such reports in the country, and our dismal statistics made the New York Times (article by Linda Greenhouse, Jan.

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For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 28 / Attitudes and Practices epistemological tactics that run counter to normative ones (DuPlessis [1990] 2006, 14). I did not try to falsify or distort what I thought: that “feminine” writing tactics were the tactics that can be chosen by any nondominant group. The rhetorics and strategies are situational, not essentialist. This was not a popular ¤nding then, when we were, in general, in the full bloom of a dynamic, rather absolute and resolute, sense of female difference.

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