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The author of the book: Robin Becker
Edition: Alice James Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1982
ISBN 13: 9780914086369
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Robin Becker reminds me that to be a Jew or a feminist is to live with duality of culture language and dream The several warring parts of a complex identity imposed inherited chosen don t make easy sense Events are funny painful awkward unassimilable With passionate intelligence Becker conjures them for me and I identify Joan Larkin Robin Becker s Backtalk makes us think back The dialogues are exciting and there is a lot to look at You may meet yourself in her book with Becker standing over your shoulder holding both her magnifying glass and mirror before you Off Our Backs Robin Becker s poems tell truths of a special kind Most of us know them already in our gut and groin Becker talks from the back of love about those undervalued repressed feelings that lovers often have difficulty being upfront about These poems are like one half of a dialogue social communication rather than solitary contemplations People almost always occasion them they are written to or about someone Valley Advocate
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Read information about the authorRobin Becker (born 1951) is an American poet, critic, feminist, and professor.
Becker earned a BA and MA at Boston University. She taught for many years at the MIT before returning to Pennsylvania in 1994, where she is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State.
Becker is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Tiger Heron and Domain of Perfect Affection. Her All American Girl won the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry. In 2000 she was honored with Penn State's George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she served as Penn State Laureate in 2010-11. Other honours include fellowships from The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of the City University of New York, The William Steeple Davis Foundation, the Mary Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Becker’s interest in narrative springs from her family background, including a childhood spent listening to her grandmother’s stories, learning from her the nuances of storytelling and her family’s history in Ukraine. Becker was also greatly influenced by the women writers whose poetry was available in the 1970s, including Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Maxine Kumin, Denise Levertov, and Susan Griffin. Poet Stephen Dunn regards Becker as achieving “what may be one of the early twenty first century’s most difficult accomplishments—to write a credible poetry of affirmation. In the doing, she doesn’t pretty up the world. Rather, she finds language that embraces our dualities, our many-selved presences, regularly demonstrating her kind of perfect affection.”
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