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"Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never Be Written" by Margaret Atwood (1981) in Feminist Theory

"Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never Be Written" by Margaret Atwood (1981)

Props to Canada for giving us Margaret Atwood, whose twisted imagination brought us The Handmaid's Tale, along with all sorts of poems about how the USA should get its nose out of Canada's business. But, good news: it isn't just Uncle Sam who's up in her grill; Atwood has some words for countries overseas, too.

So what's going on in "Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never Be Written"? Isn't it a little ironic that Atwood's using a poem to imagine an "unwritten" poem? Let's jump in and see what she's up to.

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