Adrienne Rich Quotes

Reading while waiting for the iron to heat, writing, My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun—
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 43-45). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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her fine blades making the air wince but her cargo no promise then: delivered palpable ours.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 115-120). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Sigh no more, ladies. Time is male and in his cups drinks to the fair.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 94-96). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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has Nature shown her household books to you, daughter-in-law, that her sons never saw?
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 65-67). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 26). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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all that we might have been, all that we were—fire, tears, wit, taste, martyred ambition— stirs like the memory of refused adultery the drained and flagging bosom of our middle years.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 80-84). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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indolence read as abnegation, slattern thought styled intuition, every lapse forgiven, our crime only to cast too bold a shadow or smash the mold straight off.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 99-103). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Thus wrote a woman, partly brave and partly good, who fought with what she partly understood. Few men about her would or could do more, hence she was labeled harpy, shrew and whore.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 72-75). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Poised, trembling and unsatisfied, before an unlocked door, that cage of cages, tell us, you bird, you tragical machine—
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 59-61). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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These are the things that we have learned to do Who live in troubled regions.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Storm Warnings (l. 27-28). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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