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Michelene Wandor

  • The attacks on old words and the coining of new are the visible tip of the iceberg of change.

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "Feminist Fiction and Language," in Zoë Fairbairns et al., Tales I Tell My Mother ()
  • Poets must be / Either men or women, more's the pity.

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "Aurora Leigh" (1979), in Michelene Wandor, ed., Plays by Women ()
  • I know / I've failed, if failure means to walk away / And look back sadly on work gladly done.

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "Aurora Leigh" (1979), in Michelene Wandor, ed., Plays by Women ()
  • No honest work of man or woman 'fails'; / It feeds the sum of all human action.

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "Aurora Leigh" (1979), in Michelene Wandor, ed., Plays by Women ()
  • ... I will not sit in sackcloth / will not dry my palms with ashes / will not eat the dust / for that does not celebrate you / and that does not celebrate me ...

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "Lilith Takes Tea With the Lord," Gardens of Eden ()
  • ... the word 'virtue' is not / in my vocabulary / 'strength' is ...

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "Lilith Takes Tea With the Lord," Gardens of Eden ()
  • in the middle of the night / people tell their dreams / and it is important, even / though there is never much / of an audience.

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • untitled, Gardens of Eden ()
  • I slept in my clothes / last night / just so you'll know / I think of you / sleeping in yours.

    • Michelene Wandor,
    • "My Mother's Funeral in Waltham Abbey," Gardens of Eden ()

Michelene Wandor, English poet, playwright, critic

(1940)

Full name: Michelene Dinah Samuels Wandor; sometimes Michelene Victor.