This selection of Adrienne Rich’s prose, edited by Sandra M. Gilbert, includes sections of her 1978 book Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience & Institution; from What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry & Politics and important critical essays reflecting on Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, her letter on “Why I Refused the National Medal for the Arts”; “When We Dead Awaken”; and “Compulsory Heterosexuality &  Lesbian Existence.” As Sandra M. Gilbert writes in her introduction, “To re-read and to re-think Rich’s prose as a complete oeuvre is to encounter a major public intellectual — responsible, self-questioning, and morally passionate.”