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Reads tagged with “Adrienne Rich”

Elevating Resolutions for the New Year Inspired by Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds
Elevating Resolutions for the New Year Inspired by Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

Cultivate honorable relationships, resist absentminded busyness, tell the world how to treat you, embrace enoughness, and more.

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What Power Really Means: Cheryl Strayed Reads Adrienne Rich’s Homage to Marie Curie
What Power Really Means: Cheryl Strayed Reads Adrienne Rich’s Homage to Marie Curie

A poetic and precise formulation of what it means to be a great artist, a great woman, and a great human being.

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Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get
Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get

“Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions.”

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Why Adrienne Rich Became the Only Person to Decline the National Medal of Arts
Why Adrienne Rich Became the Only Person to Decline the National Medal of Arts

“I don’t think we can separate art from overall human dignity and hope.”

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Adrienne Rich’s 1968 Poem “Gabriel” Read by Tom O’Bedlam
Adrienne Rich’s 1968 Poem “Gabriel” Read by Tom O’Bedlam

“I get your message Gabriel / just will you stay looking / straight at me / awhile longer”

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Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination
Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination

“The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence.”

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Adrienne Rich on the Alchemy of Human Possibility and What “Truth” Really Means
Adrienne Rich on the Alchemy of Human Possibility and What “Truth” Really Means

“The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life. The liar is someone who keeps losing sight of these possibilities.”

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How Relationships Refine Our Truths: Adrienne Rich on the Dignity of Love
How Relationships Refine Our Truths: Adrienne Rich on the Dignity of Love

“We can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.”

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Adrienne Rich on Love, Loss, Public vs. Private Happiness, and the Creative Process
Adrienne Rich on Love, Loss, Public vs. Private Happiness, and the Creative Process

“No one’s fated or doomed to love anyone. The accidents happen.”

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