Adrienne Rich

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Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 - March 27, 2012) was an American feminist, poet, teacher, and writer.


  • A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
    • Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), no. 3.
  • Women's Studies can amount simply to compensatory history; too often they fail to challenge the intellectual and political structures that must be challenged if women as a group are ever to come into collective, nonexclusionary freedom.
    • Blood, Bread and Poetry (1986), ch. 1.
  • To become a token woman—whether you win the Nobel Prize or merely get tenure at the cost of denying your sisters—is to become something less than a man … since men are loyal at least to their own world-view, their laws of brotherhood and self-interest.
    • As quoted in Ms. magazine (September 1979), p. 44.
  • No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness.
    • Blood, Bread and Poetry (1986), ch. 1.
  • The danger lies in forgetting what we had. The flow between generations becomes a trickle, grandchildren tape-recording grandparents' memories on special occasions perhaps—no casual storytelling jogged by daily life, there being no shared daily life what with migrations, exiles, diasporas, rendings, the search for work. Or there is a shared daily life riddled with holes of silence.
    • What Is Found There (1993), ch. 11.
  • False history gets made all day, any day,
    the truth of the new is never on the news
    False history gets written every day...
    The lesbian archaeologist watches herself
    sifting her own life out from the shards she's piecing,
    asking the clay all questions but her own.
    • Turning the Wheel (1981), section 2.

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