Good-Bye, Adrienne Rich: Poet Dead at 82

5 years ago

The Los Angeles Times reports that feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich has died.

Rich wrote about social inequity, the calamity of war. She wrote about sex and power. And love. I loved her ideas but was in love with her language. From "In the Classroom" --

Talking of poetry, hauling the books
arm-full to the table where the heads
bend or gaze upward, listening, reading aloud,
talking of consonants, elision...

She was a funny feminist. From "Living in Sin" --

She had thought the studio would keep itself;
no dust upon the furniture of love.
Half heresy, to wish the taps less vocal,
the panes relieved of grime.

And she was a resounding, overwhelmingly intelligent and lucid voice. See for yourself.

My favorite quote from that last clip: "It's in the writing of a poem that you find out what you're not saying. And it's in the writing of a poem that you find what you're still having to push up against, what you have to re-think, re-imagine. It's not so much a question of thinking, but what will the imagination allow itself?"

Twitter Remembers Adrienne Rich

Just heard about Adrienne Rich: if you haven't read her, do!1920-2012, powerful feminist voice, truly elegant poetry.

— Leslie Craig (@Ingvasdottir) March 28, 2012

'when a woman tells the truth, she is creating the possibility for more truth around her'. RIP adrienne rich :(

— lizzie coan (@lizziecoan) March 28, 2012

The moment of change is the only poem. -Adrienne Rich | RIP You will be missed.

— WorldStreams(@WorldStreams) March 28, 2012

"You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it." RIP Adrienne Rich:

— Iris Blasi (@IrisBlasi) March 28, 2012

Oh, Adrienne Rich. I hope wherever you are now, you're living your dream of a common language.

— Margo Gray (@margogray) March 28, 2012

"The thing I came for: the wreck and not the story of the wreck the thing itself and not the myth." RIP Adrienne Rich.

— monica hesse (@MonicaHesse) March 28, 2012

Connections between & among women are the most feared, most problematic, & most potentially transforming force on the planet. Adrienne Rich

— Elizabeth Gebhardt (@egebhardt) March 28, 2012

"Lying is done with words and also with silence." ~ Adrienne Rich She was a constant companion during each crisis in life.Dead. Sigh.

—Jan Chernin (@libraryjan) March 28, 2012

"A thinking woman sleeps with monsters" RIP Adrienne Rich <3

— Sinéad (@SineadF_1DTW) March 28, 2012

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