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Quotations From ADRIENNE RICH

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  • 1.
    ... no woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. Blood, Bread and Poetry, ch. 1 (1986). From a 1979 commencement address delivered at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • 2.
    ...Women's Studies can amount simply to compensatory history; too often they fail to challenge the intellectual and political structures that must be challenged if women as a group are ever to come into collective, nonexclusionary freedom.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. Blood, Bread and Poetry, ch. 1 (1986). From a 1979 commencement address delivered at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • 3.
    Women's art, though created in solitude, wells up out of community. There is, clearly, both enormous hunger for the work thus being diffused, and an explosion of creative energy, bursting through the coercive choicelessness of the system on whose boundaries we are working.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. lesbian feminist poet and essayist. Book review of Housework, by Joan Larkin (1977).

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  • 4.
    Rape is a part of war; but it may be more accurate to say that the capacity for dehumanizing another which so corrodes male sexuality is carried over from sex into war.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. repr. In On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (1980). "Caryatid," American Poetry Review (Philadelphia, May-June 1973).

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  • 5.
    The dialectic between change and continuity is a painful but deeply instructive one, in personal life as in the life of a people. To "see the light" too often has meant rejecting the treasures found in darkness.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. Blood, Bread and Poetry, ch. 8 (1986). From the Clark Lecture which she delivered at Scripps College in Claremont, California, on February 15, 1983.

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  • 6.
    ... passion for survival is the great theme of women's poetry.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. The Work of a Common Woman, by Judy Grahn, introductory essay (1978).

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  • 7.
    The will to change begins in the body not in the mind
    My politics is in my body, accruing and expanding with every act of resistance and each of my failures.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Tear Gas," lines 38-39 (1969).

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  • 8.
    The glass has been falling all the afternoon
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Storm Warnings (l. 1). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • 9.
    Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Of Woman Born, foreword (1976).

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  • 10.
    It is the lesbian in us who is creative, for the dutiful daughter of the fathers in us is only a hack.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and lesbian feminist. "It Is the Lesbian In Us Who Is Creative," (1976).

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