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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Leila A. McNeill: The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

In her 1968 poem, Planetarium, the poet Adrienne Rich wrestles with the crisis of female identity through the lens of astronomy. Rich wrote the poem after learning about the case … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Audio: Rosanne Cash Reads “Power” by Adrienne Rich

. POWER by Adrienne Rich Living    in the earth-deposits    of our history Today a backhoe divulged    out of a crumbling flank of earth one bottle    amber    perfect    a hundred-year-old cure for fever    or melancholy    a tonic for living … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Politics

I want a kind of poetry that doesn’t bother either to praise or curse at parties or leaders, even systems, but that reveals how we are — inwardly as well … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 19 Comments

Video: Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These?”

. Adrienne Rich reads her poem “What Kind of Times Are These.” Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 – 2012) was an American poet … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Anne Bradstreet: To My Dear and Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women … Continue reading

August 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Adrienne Rich: On Poetry, Freedom and Silence

We have become a pyramidic society of the omnivorously acquisitive few, an insecure, dwindling middle class, and a multiplying number of ill-served, throwaway citizens and workers [resulting in] a kind … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

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