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Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012


For as long as I've been reading contemporary American women's poetry, Rich has stood at the head of the list along with Plath and Sexton. Unlike the other two, she stuck around to be a living mentor to us all. Hard to believe she is gone.

Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream, has died. She was 82.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/03/adrienne-rich.html

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/03/adrienne-rich-1929-2012-2/


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Worth a read:

"A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism"

Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed and widely taught, Ms. Rich was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose; the poetry alone has sold nearly 800,000 copies, according to W. W. Norton & Company, her publisher since the mid-1960s.

Triply marginalized — as a woman, a lesbian and a Jew — Ms. Rich was concerned in her poetry, and in her many essays, with identity politics long before the term was coined.

She accomplished in verse what Betty Friedan, author of “The Feminine Mystique,” did in prose. In describing the stifling minutiae that had defined women’s lives for generations, both argued persuasively that women’s disenfranchisement at the hands of men must end.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/books/adrienne-rich-feminist-poet-and-author-dies-at-82.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all%3Fsrc%3Dtp&smid=fb-share
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hi Kat,

I read the news yesterday, tried to link a seven minute interview/reading from youtube but
the link didn't take.

An inspiration and a loss. Thanks for all your
posts,

Chris
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Chris:
I saw that interview too -- so amazing. Is this the one you wanted to post? I love what she says about poetry being a probe into the unspeakable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogWSt7zBE1k

Hope it works. Rich was a huge discovery for me as a young woman in college. Blew my mind.

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Yeah -- the link won't show up as a link, but can be copied and pasted. Weird.
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Thanks for the link, vkp. The significance of her death and our loss is just starting to set in.

Rich reading "What Kind of Times Are These"

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2012/03/culture-canvas-26.html

"Remembrances of Adrienne Rich Abound"

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/03/remembrances-of-adrienne-rich-abound/

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and this:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/obit/2012/03/adrienne_rich_how_her_work_changed_american_poetry_.single.html
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To be reminded of just how much the world has changed since Rich’s youth, you might reread Robert Lowell’s (very nice) review of her fourth book in the New York Times, which aptly but rather awfully describes reading her work as “watching the terrible and only abstractly imaginable struggle of a beetle to get out of its beetle shell while remaining a beetle.” In those days, she was what they called a “woman poet.”

This just reminded me of something a fairly well known poet once said about Rich in a poetry class I took many years ago. Mr. Poet said something to the effect: If she keeps going on the way she is, pretty soon not even the women are going to like her. He said it as an aside, the best I can recall. No one in the class responded, and then he went on to something else.
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Well, guess I'll cling to this bit: the world has changed...

Chris
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