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(Entertainment Weekly)   Andrienne Rich, famed lesbian poet and activist, snatched away at age 82   (shelf-life.ew.com) divider line 41
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2012-03-28 08:57:50 PM
I haz a sad...she remains one of my favorite poets

From an Atlas of the Difficult World

I know you are reading this poem
late, before leaving your office
of the one intense yellow lamp-spot and the darkening window
in the lassitude of a building faded to quiet
long after rush-hour. I know you are reading this poem
standing up in a bookstore far from the ocean
on a grey day of early spring, faint flakes driven
across the plains' enormous spaces around you.
I know you are reading this poem
in a room where too much has happened for you to bear
where the bedclothes lie in stagnant coils on the bed
and the open valise speaks of flight
but you cannot leave yet. I know you are reading this poem
as the underground train loses momentum and before running
up the stairs
toward a new kind of love
your life has never allowed.
I know you are reading this poem by the light
of the television screen where soundless images jerk and slide
while you wait for the newscast from the intifada.
I know you are reading this poem in a waiting-room
of eyes met and unmeeting, of identity with strangers.
I know you are reading this poem by fluorescent light
in the boredom and fatigue of the young who are counted out,
count themselves out, at too early an age. I know
you are reading this poem through your failing sight, the thick
lens enlarging these letters beyond all meaning yet you read on
because even the alphabet is precious.
I know you are reading this poem as you pace beside the stove
warming milk, a crying child on your shoulder, a book in your
hand
because life is short and you too are thirsty.
I know you are reading this poem which is not in your language
guessing at some words while others keep you reading
and I want to know which words they are.
I know you are reading this poem listening for something, torn
between bitterness and hope
turning back once again to the task you cannot refuse.
I know you are reading this poem because there is nothing else
left to read
there where you have landed, stripped as you are.
 
2012-03-28 08:57:59 PM
I refuse to become a seeker for cures. Everything that has ever helped me has come through what already lay stored in me. Old things, diffuse, unnamed, lie strong across my heart. This is from where my strength comes, even when I miss my strength, even when it turns on me like a violent master.
 
2012-03-28 09:09:40 PM
Bravo, subby. I laughed, lickety-split.
 
2012-03-28 09:20:03 PM
lh4.googleusercontent.com

/heard she died a rich woman...
 
2012-03-28 09:21:46 PM
Nothing makes me apathetic more than reading the word 'activist' in an obituary.
 
2012-03-28 09:25:06 PM
I haz a sad too. Reading "Rape" in high school had such an affect on me that I think it is a big part of why I volunteer as a hospital advocate for rape victims now. RIP.
 
2012-03-28 09:27:31 PM
This will leave a gaping hole in the gay community.
 
2012-03-28 09:32:13 PM
She looks like a barrel of laughs in the article pic.
 
2012-03-28 09:42:49 PM
I will scissor cut some pictures of Scar-Jo in her honor.
 
2012-03-28 09:44:26 PM

KnowEyeInnTeem: I will scissor cut some pictures of Scar-Jo in her honor.


I will fap to the thought of Scarlett Johanssen getting scissored...
 
2012-03-28 09:48:20 PM
Rich died Tuesday at her Santa Cruz home from complications from rheumatoid arthritis

Umm wait, what? You can die from this? Can someone engoogle me with knowledge?
 
2012-03-28 09:56:48 PM

Ennuipoet: I haz a sad...she remains one of my favorite poets


Thanks for sharing the poem. Never heard of her, and was ready to post something snarkworthy of Fark, but that was moving. I think I'll read up on her now instead.
 
2012-03-28 09:57:15 PM

Barfmaker: Rich died Tuesday at her Santa Cruz home from complications from rheumatoid arthritis

Umm wait, what? You can die from this? Can someone engoogle me with knowledge?


That's what I was thinking. Fark, that has to be a painful way to go.

She was a handsome fellow, though.
 
2012-03-28 10:04:31 PM
And nothing of value was lost.
 
2012-03-28 10:14:41 PM
She was one of the insipid biatches who directly contributed to my chronic engrish-major depression for several half-remembered years of my formative and more-youthful days. Indubitably she was too cowardly to Plath herself.

/And so it goes.
 
2012-03-28 10:15:33 PM
/Never take life advice from lesbian poets.
 
2012-03-28 10:20:03 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: /Never take life advice from lesbian poets.


I have killed

I have helped kill

I have killed part of myself

I cannot change this

I

I must seek Buddha

I must seek Christ
 
2012-03-28 10:28:34 PM
Not too sad about this Andrienne Rich dying, whoever she is.

Now if it'd been Adrienne Rich, that would be another story. . . .
 
2012-03-28 10:29:36 PM

urban.derelict: HotIgneous Intruder: /Never take life advice from lesbian poets.

I have killed

I have helped kill

I have killed part of myself

I cannot change this

I

I must seek Buddha

I must seek Christ


If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him.

/That goes double for Christ
 
2012-03-28 10:32:43 PM
Lesbian seagull...

wiccabilly.com
 
2012-03-28 10:37:05 PM
Who?
 
2012-03-28 10:59:24 PM
wow, a lot of troglodytes brought out by this thread.

Rich was fantastic. You should read her.
 
2012-03-29 12:30:16 AM
Only the good die young.
 
2012-03-29 12:38:40 AM
Christ. I'm pretty sure she's THE best-selling poet of all time in this country, or at least was the best-selling living poet up until now.

At least get her name right.
 
2012-03-29 02:27:54 AM

Bill Frist: wow, a lot of troglodytes brought out by this thread.

Rich was fantastic. You should read her.


Seriously. Bunch of farking jackass morons.

I was lucky enough to go to a reading of hers while I was an undergrad at Cal Poly. I always liked her poetry but hearing her read them herself and tell stories about her life and inspiration was pretty awesome.
 
2012-03-29 06:27:20 AM
I liked her collection of poems for "Moody and Overly Dramatic Dykes" the best.
 
2012-03-29 07:47:11 AM
All of you making fun of her should get off her back.
 
2012-03-29 08:18:02 AM
/I keed, I keed. Sort of.
//Adrianne Curry is hawt AND crazy. Wonder if she writes poetry.
 
2012-03-29 09:22:27 AM
After she left her husband, he committed suicide later in 1970.

Um.
 
2012-03-29 09:35:44 AM

Bill Frist: wow, a lot of troglodytes brought out by this thread.

Rich was fantastic. You should read her.


Bah! Her poetry was crap. I'll give you good poetry:

Can I have £50 to mend the shed?
I'm fight on my uppers
I can pay you back
When this postal order comes from Australia
Honestly
Hope the bladder trouble's getting better
Love
Ewan

/Bloody brilliant
 
2012-03-29 09:41:44 AM

zato_ichi: Barfmaker: Rich died Tuesday at her Santa Cruz home from complications from rheumatoid arthritis

Umm wait, what? You can die from this? Can someone engoogle me with knowledge?

That's what I was thinking. Fark, that has to be a painful way to go.

She was a handsome fellow, though.


Rheumatoid lung (new window), perhaps?
 
2012-03-29 10:37:31 AM
"Adrieeeeene!"

RIP
 
2012-03-29 10:53:24 AM
Listening to her bio on NPR this morning made me want to stick a fork in my ear and swish it around.

/changed the station instead
 
2012-03-29 11:30:46 AM
I liked her poetry. :(
 
2012-03-29 11:55:34 AM
RIP Ms. Rich:

"Diving Into the Wreck" in particular has had a huge influence on me and my writing.
 
2012-03-29 12:55:56 PM
 
2012-03-29 01:02:01 PM

mrjared: Bill Frist: wow, a lot of troglodytes brought out by this thread.

Rich was fantastic. You should read her.

Seriously. Bunch of farking jackass morons.

I was lucky enough to go to a reading of hers while I was an undergrad at Cal Poly. I always liked her poetry but hearing her read them herself and tell stories about her life and inspiration was pretty awesome.


I never really got in to her work. For whatever reason, it just didn't stick. Granted, I was a dumb college kid (but I was young and foolish then, I feel old and foolish now). I should thumb through my anthologies again. Been too long.

Saw Marilyn Hacker (^) read at Towson University back in the wayback. That was the game changer for me. Fantastic, fantastic experience.

/Squares & Courtyards (^) still blows my mind.
 
2012-03-29 01:26:44 PM

Bill Frist: wow, a lot of troglodytes brought out by this thread.

Rich was fantastic. You should read her.


I'm not in school anymore so therefor I do not have to read poetry.
 
2012-03-29 05:07:22 PM
ClintBartonWannabe: I'm not in school anymore so therefor I do not have to read poetry.

Are you still human?

If so, then you do.
 
2012-03-29 05:42:04 PM

wandero: ClintBartonWannabe: I'm not in school anymore so therefor I do not have to read poetry.

Are you still human?

If so, then you do.


I'll read a limerick, but regular poetry? Only by accident.

My tolerance for poetry was burned out when I had to critic an Emily Dickinson poem about people who weren't there. I found out if you give an honest opinion about a poem yo get a bad grade, zero F.
 
2012-03-30 07:25:01 AM
urban.derelict
HotIgneous Intruder: /Never take life advice from lesbian poets.

I have killed

I have helped kill

I have killed part of myself

I cannot change this

I

I must seek Buddha

I must seek Christ


You must seek therapy...
/That's just, y'know, what I'd add
 
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