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Words For What Those Men Have Done
Guernica Editions, Fall 2017
122 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771832090
ISBN10: 1771832096
English
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

Richard Jeffrey Newman's collection of poems, Words for What Those Men Have Done, continues the exploration he began in The Silence of Men of how surviving childhood sexual violence has shaped his life as a man. Where The Silence of Men focused on ending the silence in which the men who violated him tried to force him to live, Words for What Those Men Have Done is animated by this question: What has it meant for him to commit himself as a man never to standing on the same side of gender and sexual politics as those men?
I didn't think of Dante / when I read your letter, / but now it seems to me / I'm sitting in the only circle / of a very small hell, / and if there is a god / who condemned me to this, / he also must be very small.

Books by Richard Jeffrey Newman

Words For What Those Men Have Done