Unformatted text preview: When her husband took a post at City College of New York in 1966, Rich instructed poor nonwhite students for SEEK, a remedial English program geared to open admissions. She echoed the idiom and dynamism of protests against patriarchy and the Vietnam War by publishing Selected Poems (1967), Leaflet: Poems 1965–1968 (1969), and The Will to Change: Poems 1969–1970 (1971), published a year after her marriage ended and her husband committed suicide. Freed from tight metrics, she produced Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971–1972 (1973), which revisits the mythic parameters of the male-female relationship. Speaking as an omniscient presence, in subsequent works, Rich championed marginalized groups in scenes that challenge the white male overlord. She began teaching English at City College and composed When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision (1972), a frank autobiographical essay and...
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- Fall '08
- English, Rich, City College, poor nonwhite students, remedial English program, frank autobiographical essay