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Upstairs in the garden : poems, selected and new, 1968-1988
Morgan, Robin.
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New York : Norton, [1990]
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251 pages ; 21 cm
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PS3563.O87148 U6 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Robin Morgan lives in New York. She is the author of, most recently, "A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999."

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It's hard for feminists of a certain age to read some words of Morgan's without weeping: "I want a woman's revolution like a lover / I lust for it, I want so much this freedom . . . that I could die just / with the passionate uttering of that desire." Those are the heady words of a movement's youth--of the youth of a generation of women. This collection brings together some of those early famous works with later, less passionate utterances. Overall, it shows Morgan to be an uncannily accurate transmitter of the zeitgeist. If her prosiness is sometimes irksome, the propulsive quality of her work more than compensates. --Pat Monaghan

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this collection of new and previously published poetry by Ms. editor Morgan ( Depth Perception ), the development of her artistry is everywhere evident. Work from her early feminist days is filled with rage at the powerlessness of women; angry and ironic, these compelling poems alternately infuriate and fascinate. ``Monster'' and ``Quotations from Charwoman Me'' reveal the suffocating oppression of conventional female roles; the frustration born of this can spit forth with venom in sometimes rambling diatribes. But as the pages turn, a new universality of concern and sureness of voice take hold, and we find the lovely ``Lithographers'' and ``The Lost Season,'' as well as the wise observations of ``Giving Up the Ghost'' and the title poem. Though in the quietude of her mature work one occasionally misses the passion of the poet's earlier style, lyricism and fresh technical discoveries proclaim new accomplishment in a ``lavish larkspur song . . . with a passion / for daily use.'' (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Poetry inspired by political issues too often sacrifices artistry for polemics, but this generous collection by an influential feminist activist and poet proves that politically informed poetry can stir the spirit as well as the conscience. Assembled here are Morgan's major feminist pieces (including ``Monster'' and ``The Network of Imaginary Mothers''), many of which have been adopted as rallying cries by the women's movement, and short poems in a variety of traditional and colloquial forms. Morgan's more ambitious work has a hard-hitting, incantatory expansiveness, while in her love poems she writes with the wit and irony of a John Donne. As a vindication and celebration of the female experience, these inventive poems successfully wed feminist rhetoric with vivid imagery and a sensitivity to the music of language. As Morgan writes, ``I am rejoicing slowly into a woman/ who grows older daring to write/the same poem over and over, not merely/rearranged, revised, reworded, but one poem/ hundreds of times anew.'' Highly recommended for poetry and women's studies collections.-- Christine Stenstrom, New York Law Sch. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.