Quotations From ADRIENNE RICH

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  • 21.
    The necessity of poetry has to be stated over and over, but only to those who have reason to fear its power, or those who still believe that language is "only words" and that an old language is good enough for our descriptions of the world we are trying to transform.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. The Work of a Common Woman, by Judy Grahn, preface: "Power and Danger," (1978).

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  • 22.
    Language is as real, as tangible, in our lives as streets, pipelines, telephone switchboards, microwaves, radioactivity, cloning laboratories, nuclear power stations.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. The Work of a Common Woman, by Judy Grahn, introductory essay (1978).

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  • 23.
    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).

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  • 24.
    The mother's battle for her child—with sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life—needs to become a common human battle, waged in love and in the passion for survival.
    Adrienne Rich (20th century), U.S. author. Of Women Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (1976).

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