Rest in Peace, Adrienne Rich
April 1, 2012, 1:55 am
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng

Your words have inspired me, your poems have enlightened me and your actions have done both. Thank you for everything that you have done for the world. You have left something valuable and your journey in life, all the challenges and criticisms that you have faced, have not been for nothing. Thank you Adrienne Rich, and may you rest in peace.

Adrienne Rich (1929 - 2012)

A patriot is not a weapon. A patriot is one who wrestles for the

    soul of her country

as she wrestles for her own being, for the soul of his country

(gazing through the great circle at Window Rock into the sheen

    of the Viet Nam Wall)   

as he wrestles for his own being. A patriot is a citizen trying to


from the burnt-out dream of innocence, the nightmare

of the white general and the Black general posed in their


to remember her true country, remember his suffering land:


that blessing and cursing are born as twins and separated at

    birth to meet again in mourning

that the internal emigrant is the most homesick of all women

    and of all men

that every flag that flies today is a cry of pain.

(Section XI, An Atlas of a Difficult World)


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