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April 1, 2012


by Andrea O'Connell

Andrea O'Connell:

We lost a marvelous American Poet; a strong advocate for women and someone who’s words I’ve loved. And, yes, as Zen & Genki point out: Yes, Poetry Does Matter! Enjoy this lovely post.

Originally posted on Zen and Genki:

Adrienne Rich, May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012

Adrienne Rich, May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012

It really does.  Poetry matters.

Adrienne Rich mattered.  To me.  As a kid growing up and finding my voice, as a high school student, then a university student, a hardcore academic after that and even now, as a woman, a wife, a mother.  Always as an English Lit. major, a writer, a poet at heart.

Adrienne Rich is one of only a handful of strong, authentic, unafraid female poets who have had an unequivocal impact on me. She wore her feminism just as proudly as her politics. I didn’t agree with her politics all the time, but I always, always agreed with her boldness. I have loved her – admired her – fiercely, for as long as I can remember.

Audre Lorde (another hero of mine), Meridel Lesueur and Adrienne Rich, 1980

At 82, I realize she lived, fully and passionately. She must have known these were her twilight years.  Still, my heart is heavy, disbelieving.  To have lost such…

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  1. Apr 1 2012

    In my condolences to you, keep in mind Ms. Rich had a long life, and left a legacy. We should all be so lucky. Still, it is sad when an idol dies. Or do they, if their memory survives? Again, we should all be so lucky.

    • Apr 2 2012

      Hi Orples, You are absolutely right; she enjoyed a long life and left an incredible legacy…..ensuring she lives on, in more ways than one. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments.

  2. Apr 2 2012

    Thank you so much for reblogging my post! So nice to come upon another poetry lover :) Have a beautiful week!

    • Apr 2 2012

      Aww, you’re very welcome – Thanks really goes to you, thought, for writing such a great piece! :)


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