Adrienne Rich was a great writer, a great woman, and she changed the landscape of American poetry. Now that her great voice has finished speaking new words, we will hear anew what was, and is, so necessary about her work. An odd little coincidence that Natalie Angier’s piece on mathematical genius Emmy Noether appeared in the New York Times the same day that Rich died; its recognition of an almost-lost foremother evoked so much of Rich’s own writing for me–e.g., “Planetarium,” from The Will to Change. “A woman in the shape of a monster/a monster in the shape of a woman/the skies are full of them”: read “Planetarium” on the Poetry Foundation website.
October 22, 2017, Claremont: Reading with Carol V. Davis, Fourth Sundays at the Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Ave, 2 PM.
November 4, 2017, Venice, CA: Poetry Panel and Book Launch for Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 8 PM.
November 14, 2017, Oakland: A2 Cafe, California College of the Arts, 8 PM.
Winter Quarter 2018: Poetry Workshop through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
February 28, 2018, Orange, CA: Writers’ Block Live, 1888 Center, 115 N Orange St, 7 PM.
Late March-early April 2018: Indiana, Iowa, Illinois (details forthcoming).
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