Adrienne Rich Quotes

The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. originally published in Chrysalis, no. 7 (1979). Disloyal To Civilization: Feminism, Racism, Gynophobia, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (1980).
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I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps. I came to see the damage that was done and the treasures that prevail.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Diving into the Wreck (l. 51-54). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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I put on the body-armor of black rubber the absurd flippers the grave and awkward mask.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Diving into the Wreck (l. 5-7). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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the thing I came for: the wreck and not the story of the wreck the thing itself and not the myth the drowned face always staring toward the sun
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Diving into the Wreck (l. 61-65). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other's despair into hope?— You yourself must change it.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and essayist. "Dreams Before Waking," lines 66-69 (1983).
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I long to create something that can't be used to keep us passive: I want to write a script about plumbing, how every pipe is joined to every other.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Essential Resources," lines 17-22 (1973).
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How people used to meet! starved, intense, the old Christmas gifts saved up till spring, and the old plain words,
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Face to Face (l. 13-16). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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behind dry lips a loaded gun.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Face to Face (l. 19-20). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Focus, st. 7, Necessities of Life (1966).
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Last night you wrote on the wall: Revolution is poetry. Today you needn't write; the wall has tumbled down.
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Ghazals: Homage to Ghalib," lines 1-2 (July 26, 1968).
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