Saturday, June 2, 2012
Adrienne Rich Quotes
"Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth."
"Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events."
"How we dwelt in two worlds the daughters and the mothers in the kingdom of the sons."
"I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons."
"In order to live a fully human life we require not only control of our bodies (though control is a prerequisite); we must touch the unity and resonance of our physicality, our bond with the natural order, the corporeal grounds of our intelligence."
"It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful."
"Lying is done with words and also with silence."
"Only to have a grief equal to all these tears!"
"The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet."
"The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell."
"The moment of change is the only poem."
"The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown."
"They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide, than a life of famine and suicide...?"
"We who were loved will never unlive that crippling fever."