Self-criticism Silences My Authentic Self

Self-criticism Silences My Authentic Self

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Self-criticism Silences My Authentic Self

For some reason, the huge tome of American literature that served as my textbook for high school English always opened to the poem, “For the Dead,” by Adrienne Rich. Probably because the page was dead center in that hulking paperback book, that poem would stare at me almost every time I cracked it open. Even though almost 20 years have passed since that class, Rich’s poem is burned into my memory. It echoes unprompted in…

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