Remembering Adrienne Rich
March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
“We might possess every technological resource… but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be “revolutionary” but not transformative.”
Feminist, lesbian, mother, author, poet, educator, activist, Adrienne Rich, died this week at the age of 82 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. The New York Times described her as, “a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century.” Her words have fueled and supported so many people. Take a moment today to read some of her work and celebrate the life of this incredible woman.
And, a few of my favorite things she wrote or said:
“When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.”
“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”