Why Adrienne Rich Matters to Me

It seems fitting to share this on the site today. Thanks, Jennifer for this blog post about Adrienne Rich.

Waiting Outside of Parnassus

Today I learned that one of my favorite poets, Adrienne Rich, has died. If you have not read her work you should do so now. I mean it, go read her poetry right now! “Diving into the Wreck” and “Aunt’s Jennifer’s Tigers” are two of my favorites, and every time I read them I feel, to quote Emily Dickinson, “as if the top of my head were taken off.” With her passing, I wanted to mention two of the ways, out of many, in which she has influenced me.

First of all, Rich helped me discover what a great poet Emily Dickinson is. Wait, you may ask, shouldn’t reading Emily Dickinson’s poems themselves be the way you discover what great poet she is? Well you see there are a few problems with how Dickinson’s work is presented. First, many of her poems were revised to be…

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  1. “For all her verbal prowess, for all her prolific output, Ms. Rich retained a dexterous command of the plain, pithy utterance. In a 1984 speech she summed up her reason for writing — and, by loud unspoken implication, her reason for being — in just seven words.

    What she and her sisters-in-arms were fighting to achieve, she said, was simply this: “the creation of a society without domination.”

    From today’s NY Times. A look at Adrienne Rich’s life:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/books/adrienne-rich-feminist-poet-and-author-dies-at-82.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120329

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