Idleness is the Root of All Love

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CALYX Books, 1991 - Poetry - 102 pages
"Christa writes clearly, concisely and unequivocally . . . describes an intimacy and an idyll . . . [that] startles not only men, but women as well."- EMMA Magazine "Christa writes for women and against femininity. Her approach is blunt and unapologetic. . . . As she sees it, there is a war going on and women's lives are at stake. . . . In such times, she insists, feminism must be uncompromising and tough, not gentle and sentimental. . . . Her texts have the simplicity of a weapon directed straight at its target, a tool honed to precision, a language in which all ballast has been cast off."-Angelika Bammer Written as a journal, these poems accompany two older lesbians through a year together. Tender, humorous, fearful, critical and angry in turn, the prize-winning German poet Christa Reinig speaks of her love, dreams, and fears. She looks with pitiless eyes at her gynophobic society and imagines a past and future matriarchy while questioning the direction of the German women's movement. A poetic saga.
 

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February
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March
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April
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May
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July
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August
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September
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October
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November
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December
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Translation Notes
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