Poet 12: Adrienne Rich

I didn't really connect with Adrienne Rich. She is a feminist, and she seems pretty angry at men. This article she wrote sums up her radical views. See HERE. I don't agree with you Adrienne. Sorry.

I thought some of her stuff was pretty disgusting and not edifying to read. I think Susan Wise-Bauer should give a warning before reading her. I think some of Wise-Bauer's "Be sure to read" suggestions are not good! Susan, what were you thinking?

This one was OK though:


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
her wounds came from the same source as her power

(From www.poemhunter.com)

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