Adrienne Rich Poems
- Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a...
- A Valediction Forbidding Mourn... My swirling wants. Your ...
- Diving Into The Wreck First having read the book of ...
- Living In Sin She had thought the studio would keep ...
- Burning Oneself Out We can look into the stove tonight as ...
- My Mouth Hovers Across Your Br... My mouth hovers across ...
- For The Dead I dreamed I called you on the telephone to say:...
Adrienne Cecile Rich is an American poet, essayist and feminist. She has been called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century."
Life and Career
Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the older of two sisters. Her father, the renowned pathologist Arnold Rice Rich, was a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and her mother, Helen Jones Rich, was a concert pianist until she married. Her father was Jewish and her mother was a Southern Protestant; the girls were raised as Christians. Adrienne Rich's early poetic influence stemmed from her father who encouraged her to ... more »
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The mother's battle for her childwith sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human lifeneeds to become a common human battle, wa...Adrienne Rich (20th century), U.S. author. Of Women Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (1976).
''... I am an instrument in the shape/of a woman trying to translate pulsations/into images for the relief of the body/and the reconstruction of the mind.''Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Planetarium," lines 42-45 (1968). Thinking of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), an astronomer.
''A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.''Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 26). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, ...
''The glass has been falling all the afternoon''Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Storm Warnings (l. 1). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton...
''The will to change begins in the body not in the mindAdrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Tear Gas," lines 38-39 (1969).
My politics is in my body, accruing and expanding with every act of resistance and each of my failures.''
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.