Adrienne Rich

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

Adrienne Rich Quotes

  • ''Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women.''
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence," Blood, Bread and Poetry (1986).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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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.

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In Those Years

In those years, people will say, we lost track
of the meaning of we, of you
we found ourselves
reduced to I
and the whole thing became
silly, ironic, terrible:
we were trying to live a personal life
and, yes, that was the only life
we could bear witness to

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