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Adrienne RIch

Eng poetry

janes joens

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of Adrienne RIch

Adrienne Rich Born into academia
Father a renowned pathologist at John Hopkins
Home schooled, expected prodigy
Inspired by father to read and write poetry
Influenced by works of Ibsen, Keats, Blake, Tennyson Attended Radcliffe College
Yale Series of Younger Poets Award
Guggenheim Award x2
Married Alfred Haskell Conrad
Three sons
Bad Marriage

Husband committed suicide
anti-war and feminist activism
Now partnered with Michelle Cliff
Teachs and write in California
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence
Refused National Medal of Arts in 1997
"I could not accept such an award from President Clinton or this White House because the very meaning of art, as I understand it, is incompatible with the cynical politics of this administration... Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage" Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.

Aunt Jennifer's finger fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.

When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
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