Paul Lauter: From "Amy Lowell and Cultural Borders"

Lowell . . . becomes interesting in our conflicted and tense cultural moment because she was not in any sense "free" either to express her sexuality or to police it. She could not have the confidence—or perhaps bravado—of overseas 1920s lesbian communities, or even of the more modest bohemianism of the Village. On the contrary, at the center of many of her most interesting poems, like "Venus Transiens," are painfully contradictory impulses toward revelation, display, or even a certain form of "flaunting," and hiding, a poetics of the closet.


Title Paul Lauter: From "Amy Lowell and Cultural Borders" Type of Content General Poet Criticism
Criticism Author Paul Lauter Criticism Target Amy Lowell
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 12 Jan 2019
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Speaking the Other Self: American Women Writers
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