With a poem from her latest book, called simply “1941,” Adrienne Rich still questions her earlier confidence that small-scale late nineties private suffering privileges her understanding of the enormous cataclysm that went on in mid-century Europe. Can “the handbook of heartbreak” (Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems, p. 507) or the body “consumed” mindbreak Rich describes in the poem connect us to the qualitatively different breaks and their eventuation into the “evolutionary firebreak” (which Martin Amis insists was) brought into being during the second World War?


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  • Barbara L. Estrin
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  1. 1.Stonehill CollegeUSA

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