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:
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.
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 a special…
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