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Thank You for Being

Merle Bachman


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Working from a rich personal archive of letters, journals, and poems Bachman carries us into the questing journey of being a poet and a woman; what she calls, "A slender proposition that supports a glittering weight." This is a memoir as only a true poet can write, life reassembled and revisited in the light of old knowledge, and new. From her roots in the Yiddish community of Albany New York, to 1970's feminist houses in Oakland, from her studies in Jerusalem to her work with Adrienne Rich in New York, to a dozen houses in between, the work is a cultural record of the lived experience of women poets in the last 40 years. Bachman writes with unfailing wit and warmth, interrogating her lived experience of freedom, travel and, the story-without-boundaries that is poetry itself.

Wet Cement Press, 9798985620603, 218pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2022