The Red Virgin: A Poem of Simone Weil

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Winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Lisel Mueller

“Like a lamp carried up a lane at night, The Red Virgin carves a sure path to the life and work of Simone Weil, bringing us into intimate contact with one of the great unavailing religious and social thinkers of our century. It is a splendid book of illuminations.”

— Edward Hirsch

“Weil comes alive again to the reader, in all her feisty, haunting singularity. A wonderful evocation!”

— Robert Coles

“This book of poems, dazzling in their brillance, presents Simone Weil in the fullness of her life as a woman, as a political protester, as a spirit responding with intelligence and honesty to the pain, the inhumanity, the dishonesty of life in the 20th century.”

— Carroll Smith-Rosenberg