“[Art] means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage.” Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich believed that art and politics are indivisible.
The legendary poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at the age of 82. Rich was one of the most celebrated poets of the last half-century and a lifelong advocate for women, gay and lesbian rights, peace and racial justice. Rich drew widespread acclaim for her many volumes of poetry and prose, which brought the oppression of women and lesbians into the public spotlight. She was a key figure in the women’s movement and an uncompromising critic of the powerful. Rich won numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Award for the 1973 collection Diving into the Wreck. Refusing to accept the award alone, she appeared onstage with poets Audre Lorde and Alice Walker, and the three accepted the award on behalf of all women.
Adrienne Rich is one of the great poets of rage — in Latin, for “anguish,” and in Old Norse, for “affliction” — a challenging and engaging public poet.
NY Times| The Adrienne Rich Beyond the Anger
“I don’t understand why more of you aren’t protesting. Why aren’t more of you protesting what’s happening in this country?” … “You have that freedom now. How dare you squander it!” A History Lesson
R.I.P. Adrienne Rich
“What Kind of Times Are These” by Adrienne Rich