Jan Clausen

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  • ''... the attempt to control poetry, to subordinate it to extrapoetic ends, constitutes misuse.... it may be poetry's stubborn quality of rockbottom, intrinsic uselessness which ... constitutes the guarantee of its integrity, and hence of its ultimate value to us.''
    Jan Clausen (b. 1943), U.S. poet, fiction writer, and lesbian feminist. A Movement of Poets (1982). Referring to some feminists' "political" use of poetry.
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  • ''I sometimes have the sense that I live my life as a writer with my nose pressed against the wide, shiny plate glass window of the "mainstream" culture. The world seems full of straight, large-circulation, slick periodicals which wouldn't think of reviewing my book and bookstores which will never order it.''
    Jan Clausen (b. 1943), U.S. author, editor, and lesbian feminist. A Movement of Poets (1982). Clausen published her fiction and poetry through "small" or "alternative" presses and magazines.

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