From the Editor

Surprising Silences

When I was a college student, I remember, I wrote a paper on passivity in the Romantic poets—the passivity of men, not women. I can’t recall the poems that triggered my thoughts on the subject, but I still remember the chill it gave me to scrutinize the behaviors of people stifled and unable to act strongly for themselves, to be the agents of their own lives and destinies.

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