By Adrienne Rich
“We are within the presence the following of an important American poet whose voice at mid-century in her personal existence is more and more marked through ethical passion.”—New York instances e-book Review
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From 1883 on, she managed his estates, his money, his copyrights, fed and housed their children; she published his books, which sometimes included the necessity of pleading with the Rr/lld"on 7 state censor for permission to publish them (she pled with the Czar for permission to publish The Kreutzer Sonata). It was not until July 3, 1897, that she moved out of the marital bedroom, not wanting to have intercourse anymore, but Tolstoy continued to fuck her when he wanted and to ignore her the rest of the time.
He abandoned himself to her hands as if he were a smooth, flat stone in a river bed. ~~ Sand is the element, the woman is the human being surviving in it; to him, they are dangerous, the hole, the trap; he is afraid of what it is to be sunk in them, without a consciousness in reserve to separate him and keep him afloat, above; they are life; and the woman is life's logic and purpose-otherwise it has no 36 INTERCOURSE IN A MAN-MADE WORLD logic, no purpose. In this vision of sex, while the man is by contemporary standards emasculated by the failed rape, in fact rape is supposed to fail.
6 The feelings have carnal associations, meanings out of a psychic depth. The man trapped in the hole in the dunes wants to punish the woman who helped trap him there: At the very thought his hair bristled and his skin felt scratchy like dry paper. " Suddenly she became a silhouette cut out from its background. A man of twenty is sexually aroused by a thought. A man offorty is sexually aroused on the surface of his skin. But for a man of thirty a woman who is only a silhouette is the most dangerous.
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems 1978-1981 by Adrienne Rich