r.i.p. adrienne rich

iconic 20th century poet


some poems (not much available due to copyright).

Rich found new neighbors, and new directions, in the feminist movement, which recognized her as a leader, in her poems of the late 1960s and 1970s, first tormented and fierce, and then clear and confident. “Diving Into the Wreck” (1973), which won the National Book Award, remains her most famous single book, the one by which many readers discover her as a writer for whom the political had to be personal. ”The Dream of a Common Language” (1978) made available some of the first and still some of the most admired American verse about erotic love between women, in the sequence “Twenty-One Love Poems.” The same book contained her talismanic poem about Marie Curie, who “died denying/ her wounds came from the same source as her power.”


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