The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New, 1950-1984

ISBN: 0393302040
ISBN 13: 9780393302042
By: Adrienne Rich

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If you haven't experienced Adrienne Rich's poetry before, you're really missing out....but be prepared...her poetry is anything but light reading. She addresses politics, history, women's rights, the relationships between people, and other pressing issues of today. I love her...I keep this book by my bed so that she's the last thing I read every night.

Eric Shaw

I have just finished this. Previously, I had never read or heard of Rich but this book is filled with diamonds and unlike most poetry books I buy there is plenty worth gnawing over not just one or two miracles.


Δε θεωρώ πως η ποίηση, ιδιαιτέρως η ποίηση, μπορει να βαθμολογηθεί ή να κριθεί. Ξέρω όμως ότι λατρεύω τη Rich. Ξέρω πως όλοι πρέπει να γνωρίσουν το έργο αυτής της μοναδικής δημιουργού. Ξέρω πως εγω διαβάζοντας την έγινα πλουσιότερη σε σκέψεις, συναισθήματα, συμπεράσματα.Μοναδικές στιγμές!!!!!


I got to hear Adrienne Rich read from her poetry at Smith College a few years ago. Her work is amazing. My favorites include "Rape" and "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers".

Atena Oyadi

I haven't read all of the poems, but I like what I've read so far. She can write poems about love that are bearable - even very good.


This book is a great read!

Jeff Jackson

Some amazing poems throughout this collection, especially the early and mid-period work. During those years Rich executed a wonderful balancing act on the ole personal-political axis. Her later poems became more stridently political and while I was sympathetic to their messages, the didactic words often fell flat and occasionally slid right off the page.

Amy Sawyer

I have read some Adrienne Rich before and I remember liking her, but I am so glad she was on my reading list this term. She is now on my list of favorite poets.


Rich is an inspiring poet. Her forms are very intriguing. The book offers a wide selection of her work, and allows the reader to see an incredible progression in imagery to sound to composition. Rich forges new paths of thought and connection within the poems collected in this book.


a wonderful collection. read the title poem if nothing else.

Jennifer Harris

okay really. huge influence. i've read every drop written by her.


rich isn't my favorite poet. she's good but tries too hard sometimes to be a poet (especially a political poet).


A great collection. A great place to start w/ Rich if no one made you read her in school.

Carmen something

silence is not an absence (Cartographies)I read The Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev ('74, from Dream of Common Language) almost every day.


You know, it's always difficult to check the box on a book of poetry that says that I "read" it. Can you ever really say that you're "done" with a poet like Adrienne Rich?I come back to this collection often for how clever it is--sharp words about soft subjects, like love and longing. My favorite poem of hers will always be "Storm Warnings," which you should Google on a rainy day.Focused on the 1970s--"Diving into the Wreck" may have given me an epigraph for my thesis! Unbelievably good.

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