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Adrienne Rich


11:18 am, rainabloom
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The Power to Name

My internet wanderings this morning reminded me that the title of one of my academic mentor’s books is from Adrienne Rich’s essay “Invisibility in Academe” (available in the anthology Blood, Bread, and Poetry) -

When those who have power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female, or speak with a different accent or dialect than theirs, when someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing…Yet, you know you exist and others like you, that this is just a game with mirrors. It takes some strength of soul—and not just individual strength, but collective understanding—to resist this void, this nonbeing, into which you are thrust, and to stand up, demanding to be seen and heard.

It would probably be weird if I randomly walked into the good professor’s office and hugged her, right?


04:54 pm, rainabloom
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Planetarium

I am an instrument in the shape   

of a woman trying to translate pulsations   
into images    for the relief of the body   
and the reconstruction of the mind.

04:51 pm, rainabloom
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04:42 pm, rainabloom
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libraryjournal:

John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle Book Editor, reports that Adrienne Rich has passed away.
I am devastated. I took this picture of her when she visited my college in 2008.

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libraryjournal:

John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle Book Editor, reports that Adrienne Rich has passed away.

I am devastated. I took this picture of her when she visited my college in 2008.

Commencing poetry spam…