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As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son.
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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Cecile Rich (born May 16, 1929, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American poet, essayist and feminist. She has been called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the [20th] century"

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