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Florence in Words

Iris Murdoch Again: The Philosopher’s Pupil

Yes, I’m still stuck on her, still continuing to read novel after novel. I actually bought five used hard covers in the Strand Bookstore (in person), and then decided that I needed them in paperback so that I could take at least four with me to Turkey in June, and so I found those at Powell’s (online). Now I am missing only a few. Read More 
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New Event in the DC Area on May 6

Come for a book talk and lunch. See the details here: http://www.florencehowe.com/events.htm
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Adrienne Rich and Amy Swerdlow: Two Deaths in One Week





Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich
I know precisely how I first met Adrienne Rich. It was 1963, and I had invited Robert Lowell to read at Goucher College, where I ran a poetry series. He arrived with a small woman in tow, and announced to me and the audience that Adrienne Rich would share his platform. I can even remember the outrage I felt at that moment, though most of it dissipated once she began to read from Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law, her about-to-be published book. The next day I learned that Adrienne had been at Harvard when Elaine Hedges had been there and that they were “friends.” A few days later the Baltimore Sun asked me to review Adrienne’s new book.  Read More 
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Two Women Artists: Audre Lorde and Dagmar Schultz

This past Monday night I saw my friend Dagmar’s first film, a labor of love she had begun two years ago. She called the film “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years.” I knew Audre as poet, novelist, activist, professor, friend. I knew Dagmar as sociologist, professor, and friend. And then I remembered the photographs Dagmar sent me for my office walls, brilliant snapshots of wild horses on a western beach off the coast of Washington, magnificent blooming trees in Berlin. She had an eye.  Read More 
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