Adrienne Rich

Rookie (16 May 1929 – 27 March 2012 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Adrienne Rich Poems

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1. Paula Becker To Clara Westhoff 1/3/2003
2. Stepping Backward 1/3/2003
3. Rural Reflections 1/3/2003
4. Moving In Winter 1/3/2003
5. Shattered Head 1/3/2003
6. November 1968 1/3/2003
7. Prospective Immigrants Please Note 1/3/2003
8. Planetarium 1/3/2003
9. Two Songs 1/3/2003
10. Victory 1/3/2003
11. Snapshots Of A Daughter-In-Law 1/3/2003
12. Orion 1/3/2003
13. Integrity 1/13/2003
14. For The Record 1/3/2003
15. Our Whole Life 1/13/2003
16. Miracle Ice Cream 1/3/2003
17. Women 8/7/2007
18. Final Notions 1/3/2003
19. Implosions 1/3/2003
20. In A Classroom 1/3/2003
21. Cartographies Of Silence 1/3/2003
22. From A Survivor 1/3/2003
23. In Those Years 1/3/2003
24. Power 1/13/2003
25. From An Atlas Of The Difficult World 1/3/2003
26. For The Dead 1/3/2003
27. My Mouth Hovers Across Your Breasts 1/3/2003
28. Living In Sin 1/3/2003
29. Burning Oneself Out 1/3/2003
30. A Valediction Forbidding Mourning 1/3/2003
31. Diving Into The Wreck 1/3/2003
32. Aunt Jennifer's Tigers 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Adrienne Rich

Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.

Aunt Jennifer's finger fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.

When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.

Read the full of Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Planetarium

Thinking of Caroline Herschel, 1750-1848, Astronomer, Sister of William; and Others

A woman in the shape of a monster
a monster in the shape of a woman
the skies are full of them

a woman    "in the snow
among the Clocks and instruments
or measuring the ground with poles"

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