Interesting how after only two words, the article instantly defines her identity in terms of her partner….
This woman spoke well to a woman I knew so well. The woman I knew helped me in too many ways to tell you but her inspiration was this sadly lost soul. She inspired her in many ways which in turn inspired me.
You will be missed Adrienne.
From a gay bother lost in time.
Living in the earth-deposits of our history
Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.
Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil
She died a famous woman denying
her wounds came from the same source as her power.
—- Adrienne Rich
Thanks Jonpol for posting this piece by Adrienne Rich
i’m ambivalent about rich.
her part in the whole Transexual Empire episode is well documented however she was a [poet of real talent.
Excellent poet, and dare I say it quite underrated. RIP.
Oh, let go your vestigial ‘u’s, my anlgophone bretren!
I didn’t know Adrienne Rich was a “queer” poet.
I thought she was a lesbian feminist poet and activist.
Feminism and queer are not interchangeable.
Respect due to a trailblazer whether or not you agree with the direction her life took.
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