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Marilyn Hacker
(1942 - living) U.S.A.

Marilyn Hacker

Poet, editor, and educator


Hacker's work, sometimes explicitly lesbian in content, reveals the poet's versatility in using traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet and the rondeau, and adapting them to her own ends. Her work won the National Book Award for poetry, and twice the Lambda Literary Award. Between 1961 and 1980, Hacker was married to the gay Afro-American science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany.

Hacker's poetry is noted for its formal sophistication and elegance, combining autobiographical candour with explicit eroticism:

I'd like to put my face between your legs, lick you, till you moan.

She lives in New York City and Paris.


Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002
and from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History, from Antiquity to WWII, Routledge, London, 2001

Her work include:

  • Presentation Piece (1974)
  • Love, death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986)
  • Going Back to the River (1990)
  • Selected Poems, 1965-1990 (1994)
  • Winter Numbers (1994)
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