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In Love on April 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Amazing blog,today about Adrienne Rich

Repeating Islands

Radical poet revered by feminists and literary critics alike, Julie Bindel writes in this obituary from The Guardian.

Adrienne Rich, who has died aged 82 of complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, was one of the most influential and political American poets of the last century. The author of more than 30 widely read books of poetry and prose over six decades, she believed that art and politics are indivisible. Her radical focus on feminism, sexuality, civil rights, Jewish identity and the anti-war movement positioned her as a leading activist as well as writer.

In her poem Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963) she described the drudgery of marriage and domesticity before feminism had properly found its feet: “Banging the coffee-pot into the sink / she hears the angels chiding, and looks out / past the raked gardens to the sloppy sky.” Motherhood was another sacred cow tackled by Rich; her…

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