Good-Bye, Adrienne Rich: Poet Dead at 82

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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?"

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