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Адриенна Рич

Дата рождения: 16. Май 1929
Дата смерти: 27. Март 2012

Адриенна Рич — американская поэтесса, публицистка, представительница второй волны феминизма, лесбиянка.


„Идея общей женской культуры — расщепленной, существующей как бы отдельными диаспорами среди мужской культуры, внутри и под гнетом которой женщины сумели выжить, — робко, но постоянно высказывалась в феминистской критике последних лет. Разъединенные друг с другом нашей зависимостью от мужчин — домашней, семейной, племенной, живущие в мире патронажа и институций, мы должны были сперва увидеть и отвергнуть эту разъединенность, а потом начать исследовать, что же у нас общего как у женщин одной планеты.“

„Момент перемен — это единственная поэма.“


„There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.“

„Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you... it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: "I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions--predigested books and ideas... marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short... and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be "different"... The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.“

„Lying is done with words, and also with silence.“ Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying

„Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.“

„You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.“

„When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.“


„I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons“

„Power


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 on this earth in the winters of this climate.

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil

She died a famous woman denying
her wounds
denying
her wounds came from the same source as her power.“
The Dream of a Common Language

„No one has imagined us. We want to live like trees,
sycamores blazing through the sulfuric air,
dappled with scars, still exuberantly budding,
our animal passion rooted in the city.“
The Dream of a Common Language

„That's why I want to speak to you now.

To say: no person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors. (I make up this strange, angry packet for you, threaded with love.)

I think you thought there was no such place for you, and perhaps there was none then, and perhaps there is none now; but we will have to make it, we who want an end to suffering, who want to change the laws of history, if we are not to give ourselves away.“
Sources


„I feel more helpless with you than without you.“

„Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.“

„[Poetry] is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.“ What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics

„If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.“

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