“Beginning to write, then getting up. Stopped by the movements of a huge early bumblebee which has somehow gotten inside this house and is reeling, bumping, stunning itself against windowpanes and sills. I open the front door and speak to it, trying to attract it outside. It is looking for what it needs, just as I am, and, like me, it has gotten trapped in a place where it cannot fulfill its own life. I could open the jar of honey on the kitchen counter, and perhaps it would take honey from that jar; but its life process, its work, its mode of being cannot be fulfilled inside this house. – And I, too, have been bumping my way against glassy panes, falling half-stunned, gathering myself up and crawling, then again taking off, searching” – Adrienne Rich “Notes Towards a Politics of Location”

 The Aspect Magazine Project

Kerrin McTernan

Aspect Magazine vol. 8, issue 46-47, December-January, 1972-1973

Editors: Edward J. Hogan and Ellen Link

Contributors: M.K Kistner, Lawrence Black, Sally. S. Anderson, Paul Dominguez, Robert Schalit, Ed Porter, John Hahn, Fritz Hamilton, Geraldine Sanford, Richard Latta, Henry Combellick, Rubin Zar, Anthony P. Nasta, Lynd Ward

12-1972 1-1973

Aspect/ Edward J. Hogan

On the green front cover of this issue of Aspect Magazine is a drawing in black ink by Lynd Ward of an African American man and a white man holding an American flag with the words “Revolt in the South” in bold black lettering underneath. The cover drawing is reprinted with permission of The New Republic magazine. Above the drawing in black ink are the title and date and the words “Fiction,” “Politics,” and “Poetry,” and the price, “50 Cents.” There are twenty-eight total pages in the issue. After the Table of Contents begins an essay titled “The Gander-Mooner” by M.K Kistner. Pages six through nine introduce the poems: “Intra-uterine Cannibalism” by Sally S. Anderson, “Saturday Night” by Paul Dominguez, an untitled poem by Robert E. Schalit, and “Four A.M.” by Ed. Porter. On pages eleven through fourteen is a book review of Politics and Policies of the Truman Administration by Edward J. Hogan. Page fifteen reintroduces poetry with “Indecision” by John Hahn, “Simple Question” by Fritz Hamilton, “To a Friend Depressed,” by Geraldine Sanford, and an untitled poem by Richard Latta. Breaking up the poetry, pages twenty through twenty-two is the essay “First Light” by Lawrence Black. Poetry starts again on the bottom of page twenty-two with a poem, “Pin Ball Baby” by Henry Combellick, continues on page twenty-three with the poem “Honest Politicians (Our Leaders)” by Rubin Zar, and ends on page twenty-four with the poem “Bloated Birds Can’t Fly” by Anthony P. Nasta. Each of the poems are one page in length. On page twenty-five are descriptions of small presses written by Edward J. Hogan. The descriptions are of Leaves of Twin Oaks: Journal of a Walden Two Commune, the bi-weekly alternative newspaper; Nola Express, edited by Darlene Fife and Robert Head: Blats, a literary magazine focused on “non-poems” and edited by Peter Finch; and an edition of Intrepid, edited by Allen deLoach, “devoted to the 1970 conference of the foremost small press organization in the U.S, the Committee of Small Magazine Editors & Publishers,” including essays about small presses and their place in American society and culture. Page twenty-eight is the back cover of the issue. It provides a description of the contributors to this issue of Aspect. There are also two advertisements for the Journal of a Walden Two Commune Edcentric, a magazine that features news and comments from the educational reform movement.,

American Politics | Literature in English | North America | United States History.

Hogan, Edward J. ;Link, Ellen; Kistner, M.K.; Black, Lawrence; Anderson, Sally S.; Dominguez, Paul; Schalit, Robert; Porter, Ed; Hahn, John; Hamilton, Fritz; Sanford, Geraldine; Latta, Richard; Combellick, Henry; Zar, Rubin; Nasta, Anthony P.; Ward, Lynd; and McTernan (Student Commentator), Kerrin, “Aspect Magazine vol. 8, issue 46-7, December-January, 1972-3” (1972-3). Aspect Magazine.

Notes on Adrienne Rich

Standing out to me in Adrienne Rich’s book Blood,Bread, and Poetry and her lecture “Notes Towards a Politics of Location” amongst many additional struggles to which I identify, is her continued struggle with what she called “white Western self-centeredness” To clarify, a question Rich asks concerning this subject: “How do we actively work to build a white Western feminist consciousness that is not simply centered on itself, that resists white circumscribing?” (219) Rich challenges herself, and ultimately her readers, specifically those who are white and also claim to be feminist, to take responsibility for the privileges that come as a result of  various locations.

Notes from Blood, Bread, and Poetry: The Location of  a Poet

“But I also wanted to get a sense of what art might mean in a society committed to values other than profit and consumerism. What was constantly and tellingly manifested was a belief in art, not as commodity, not as luxury, not as suspect activity, but as a precious resources to be made available to all, one necessity for the rebuilding of a scarred, impoverished, and still-bleeding country (Nicaragua).” Bottom of pg. 250… Tocqueville, Whitman..

mid pg.252 “– and i think of all the ways women especially have been prevented from writing-” Reminds me of readings from Gender in Early North America.. many of which connect the success of patriarchy to the oppression of women’s education, making it difficult for women to learn to read/write, and thus express their identities to the public to be studied

Notes from “Notes Towards a Politics of Location”

210-11 Repetition of “I will speak these words in Europe, but I am having to search for them in the United States of North America”

Rich seems to use repetition frequently, a tool often used by poets.

Her poetic self is expressed outside of her poems as well.

I think of how, when I read or hear a line that attracts me for any reason, I repeat it over and over in my head, to remember the importance that it holds for me.

212 “As a woman I have a country; as a woman I cannot divest myself of that country merely by condemning its government or by saying three times “As a woman my country is the whole world.””

In *Blood, Bread, and Poetry* I made a note of this line “As a woman my country is the whole world.” because it sounded beautiful, for a moment I felt free from the constraints of American society, because here, Rich gave me permission to accept the whole world as my home. But in accepting the whole word as home, as she states in the former quote, both Rich and I must admit that we have internalized aspects of the country we live in, and take responsibility for the affect that has had on our identities.

214 “I wrote a sentence just now and x’d it out.”

Do we know any other writers who are so open of their process?

What value do we think this serves?

Personally, I enjoy the vulnerability, the authenticity.

214 In reading, analyzing, and writing in a historical I have been cautioned against using qualifying words, such as “always”, because as Rich states, “”always” blots out what we really need to know: When, where, and under what conditions has the statement been true?” Other words/phrases all, every, just, only, never, none, not, no, must.

In our contemporary times, I struggle with this language when dealing with social-media commentary. In the fast-paced world of technology, we feel the pressure to react quickly to news, comments on popular posts, the posts from our friends. It feels part of my duty as an individual of academia, not because I believe as a result of my education that I am smarter or more qualified than others, but because, as Emerson would say, the american scholar often, and in my case, is someone who contemplates the culture, society, people, and institutions around them, to include my experiences in the larger conversation with others, that conversation ironically and inevitably happening largely in media. While I am compelled to share my thoughts on social media, I choose to do so scarcely, because of that time and effort it takes to formulate informed responses that consider every important aspect of a given subject, and also because this form of discussion is sometimes viewed as inappropriate on platforms such as Facebook TBC


Rich, Adrienne. “Notes Towards a Politics of Location.” (1984). Blood, Bread, and Poetry:Selected Prose 1979-85. NY: Norton.

“The American scholar – The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.” Complete Works of RWE. The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson – RWE.org, 19 Dec. 2004. Web. Feb. 2017.


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