Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012

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.

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