Adrienne Rich has died

FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 05:23pm
Selected for the National Medal for the Arts in 1997, the highest award given to artists, Rich refused it.

“The radical disparities of wealth and power in America are widening at a devastating rate,” she wrote in a letter addressed to then-President Clinton. “A president cannot meaningfully honor certain token artists while the people at large are so dishonored.”


She walked the walk.
Rest in peace
Can anyone tell me how the line has been?
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 05:36pm

Who?
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PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 05:42pm
She was a great poet. It would not be a waste of your time to know her.


'What Kind of Times Are These' read by Adrienne Rich
yr pal,
joey




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Updated On: 3/28/12 at 05:42 PM
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 05:48pm
What Kind of Times Are These

BY ADRIENNE RICH

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees.
yr pal,
joey




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FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 05:51pm
I just don't know how she suddenly was 82.
Can anyone tell me how the line has been?
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 06:04pm

No, I know who she is. I've just never heard of her. I mean, like, who is she, really?

Anyway, R.I.P.
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Almira
Broadway Star
joined:12/6/09
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/28/12 at 09:46pm

A true American original.

RIP

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/29/12 at 07:52am
I can't stop laughing at every other article/obit referring to her as "seminal" or "canonical." She would hate that.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
trentsketch
Broadway Legend
joined:6/25/09
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/29/12 at 08:51am
Seriously, AC. Her favorite poems were the ones that weren't considered cannon and she constantly tried to promote work that was ignored by mainstream literary criticism. She was also a lovely woman willing to do readings at smaller public colleges and universities for nowhere near her official asking fee.
wexy
Broadway Legend
joined:9/19/05
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/29/12 at 09:15am
From Poets and Writers she reads the poem that Pal Joey posted

http://www.pw.org/content/adrienne_rich
'Take me out tonight where's there's music and there's people and they're young and alive.'
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
Adrienne Rich has died
Posted: 3/29/12 at 10:23am
I love the way she read her poems. Hearing her read them made me want to write well Made me feel differently about my own voice. I think many people felt that way.