Adrienne Rich

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Adrienne Rich

The moment of change is the only poem.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide, than a life of famine and suicide...?More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as 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.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We who were loved will never unlive that crippling fever.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We assume that politicians are without honor. We read their statements trying to crack the code. The scandals of their politics: not so much that men in high places lie, only that they do so with such indifference, so endlessly, still expecting to be believed. We are accustomed to the contempt inherent in the political lie.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How we dwelt in two worlds the daughters and the mothers in the kingdom of the sons.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The word revolution itself has become not only a dead relic of Leftism, but a key to the deadendedness of male politics: the revolution of a wheel which returns in the end to the same place; the revolving door of a politics which has liberated women only to use them, and only within the limits of male tolerance.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In order to live a fully human life we require not only control of our bodies (though control is a prerequisite); we must touch the unity and resonance of our physicality, our bond with the natural order, the corporeal grounds of our intelligence.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness. Sometimes I seem to myself, in my feelings toward these tiny guiltless beings, a monster of selfishness and intolerance.More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only to have a grief equal to all these tears!More Adrienne Rich [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.More Adrienne Rich [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
How we dwelt in two worlds the daughters and the mothers in the kingdom of the sons.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the newsMore Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A year, ten years from now, I'll remember this; not why, only that we were here like this, together.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Lying is done with words and also with silence.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around herMore Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The ocean, whose tides respond, like women's menses, to the pull of the moon, the ocean which corresponds to the amniotic fluid in which human life begins, the ocean on whose surface vessels (personified as female) can ride but in whose depth sailors meet their death and monsters conceal themselves... it is unstable and threatening as the earth is not; it spawns new life daily, yet swallows up lives; it is changeable like the moon, unregulated, yet indestructible and eternal.More Adrienne Rich [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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