List of Feminist Rhetoricians - Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich

(May 16, 1929 - March 27, 2012) Rich is an American feminist, poet, teacher, and writer who has been given awards, and turned some of them down. She is most recognized for her work in the women's movement, but is also involved in the social justice movement.

  • "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision" (1971)

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Famous quotes by adrienne rich:

    My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness. Sometimes I seem to myself, in my feelings toward these tiny guiltless beings, a monster of selfishness and intolerance.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    Either you will
    go through this door
    or you will not go through.
    ...
    The door itself
    makes no promises.
    It is only a door.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    children are dying my death
    and eating crumbs of my life.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    Piece by piece I seem
    to re-enter the world: I first began
    a small, fixed dot, still see
    that old myself, a dark-blue thumbtack
    pushed into the scene,
    a hard little head protruding
    from the pointillist’s buzz and bloom.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    ... the Wall became a magnet for citizens of every generation, class, race, and relationship to the war perhaps because it is the only great public monument that allows the anesthetized holes in the heart to fill with a truly national grief.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)