In Memoriam – Adrienne Rich

Hello All,

Yesterday, we lost one of the great poets, Adrienne Rich. Her work was infused with light, forward thinking, and imagination. There was also a lovely tone to her poems, some of which I have listed here:

“What Kind of Times Are These”

There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.

© 2002, 1995 by Adrienne Rich

Planetarium

Here are some links if you would like to read more about this great lady of verse:

Her bio page on The Poetry Foundation website can be found by clicking here: Adrienne Rich
Here is her Wikipedia Entry.

She will be missed.

<:o)

Jamy

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