Literary Birthday – 16 May – Adrienne Rich


Nine Quotes

  1. To write as if your life depended on it; to write across the chalkboard, putting up there in public the words you have dredged; sieved up in dreams, from behind screen memories, out of silence— words you have dreaded and needed in order to know you exist.
  2. The password is a flicker of an eyelash.
  3. Poems are like dreams: in them you put what you don’t know you know.
  4. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.
  5. Lying is done with words, and also with silence.
  6. 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.
  7. You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
  8. When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.
  9. Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.

Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist.

Source for Image

by Amanda Patterson

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