Jan Clausen

  • Sexuality and identity are the twin goddesses that lend Jan Clausen’s Apples & Oranges its grace and urgency. In the late 1980s, after more than a decade living within a strong Brooklyn lesbian community with her female lover and their daughter, Clausen travels to a war zone in Nicaragua, where she falls in love with a West Indian male lawyer. Her memoir is brimming with intimate physical and emotional details of her personal journey, but perhaps what sets it apart are the deeply informed historical and philosophical lenses through which she examines her own experience.
    Deeply felt, intensely thoughtful, gorgeously written, Apples & Oranges is a testament to the power and peril of desire. It is also a dazzling examination of the ways in which our search for love and happiness intersect. What does it mean to be straight? What does it mean to be queer? Jan Clausen gives us not one but many answers to these questions.

  • Pourquoi des poétesses (Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa & Cherríe Moraga, bell hooks, Dorothy Allison, Robin Morgan, Marge Piercy, Alice Walker, Paula Gunn Allen, Rita Mae Brown, etc.) ont-elles été des leadeuses, activistes et théoriciennes, des mouvements féministes aux Etats-Unis dans les années 1970 et 1980 ? Dans une première partie, un essai de la poétesse féministe Jan Clausen, écrit en 1982 au pic du mouvement, propose des pistes de réponse.
    Dans une deuxième partie, une anthologie bilingue de poèmes écrits entre 1969 et aujourd'hui montre la pérennité de ce lien entre poésie et féminismes aux Etats-Unis.