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).
''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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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.
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"