By Susan Griffin b. 1943 Susan Griffin
I would not have gotten in this boat with you.
I would not
where else was there
at the dock’s end
to go?
The water
was cold.

I would not have let you row the boat.
I could see
what kind of man you were.
I would not but
who was there to choose
you and me?

I would not have let you throw away the oars.
I knew what would happen next,
what else was there to do,
in a boat with a leak
over cold water?

Susan Griffin, "Revolution" from Bending Home: Selected and New Poems. Copyright © 1998 by Susan Griffin. Reprinted with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townshend, WA 98368-0271,

Source: Bending Home: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 1998)

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Poet Susan Griffin b. 1943

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Metaphor


Poet, essayist, and playwright Susan Griffin was born in 1943 in Los Angeles, California. An early awareness of the horrors of World War II and her childhood in the High Sierras have had an enduring influence on her work, which includes poetry, prose, and mixed genre collections. A playwright and radical feminist philosopher, Griffin has also published two books in a proposed trilogy of “social autobiography.” Her work considers . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Metaphor

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