Feminist, Poet, Essayist, Intellectual; Adrienne was widely read and incredibly influential, she was able to effectively tackle issues of politics, feminism, history, war, and racism into her works. Badass moment: famously declined the National Medal of Arts to protest as protest against the House of Representatives’ vote to end the National Endowment for the Arts.
To be honest, I have not read any of Adrienne Rich’s works as of yet, but she has now been added to my list, and I hope she’ll be added to yours as well. (This is what my #WCW is all about). “Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972” will be the collection I jump into first!
““That’s why I want to speak to you now. To say: no person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors. (I make up this strange, angry packet for you, threaded with love.) I think you thought there was no such place for you, and perhaps there was none then, and perhaps there is none now; but we will have to make it, we who want an end to suffering, who want to change the laws of history, if we are not to give ourselves away.”