Red Virgin by Stephanie Strickland
A Poem Of Simone Weil (Brittingham Prize in Poetry)

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Classmate of Simone de Beauvoir, acquaintance of Trotsky, Spanish Civil War revolutionary, fighter in de Gaulle’s French Resistance,  Simone Weil (1909–1943) has also been called the greatest woman philosopher in the Western tradition.
    In this fiftieth anniversary year of her death, Simone Weil’s life still raises questions. Early in this century three brilliant contemporaries in Paris—Weil, de Beauvoir, and Gertrude Stein—reinvented the female intellect.  Of the three, only Weil chose to base her thought on the trauma that war, rape, slavery, and bias inflict.
    Weil was never deceived by the glamor of power, committing herself to resisting force in whatever guise.  More prophet than saint, more wise woman than either, she bore a particular perception of the body, throwing hers against the same issues women battle today: hunger, violence, exclusion, betrayal of the body, inability to be heard, and self hate.  Simone Weil belongs to a world culture, still to be formed, where the voices of multiple classes, castes, races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, and religions can be respected.

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Stephanie Strickland is author of the books V: WaveSon.nets / Losing Launa, True North, The Red Virgin, and Give the Body Back, as well as hypertext and digital poems and essays.
Published November 15, 1993 by University of Wisconsin Press. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The concept of a book of poems based on the life of Weil (1909-1943) is intriguing. But excitement fades after reading a few pages. Biographical poetry, if it is to succeed as poetry, must reach beyon

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You raised / on some banner: the cerebral, intransigent / fragments of your life-- / your papers not published, not / together.'' By turns she addresses Weil, presents a personified voice of her subject and attempts a dialogue, forcing Weil to participate in this inanity.

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