Adrienne Rich – A Human Eye

“Wherever I turn these days, I’m looking, as from the corner of my eye, for a certain kind of poetry whose balance of dread and beauty is equal to the chaotic negations that pursue us. Amid profiteering language, commoditizing of intimate emotions, and public misery, I want poems that embody – make into flesh – another principle. A complex, dialogic, coherent poetry to dissolve both complacency and despair.”

– Adrienne Rich, from her collection A Human Eye, Essays on Art in Society 1997-2008


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