Adrienne Rich Quotes

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Our words misunderstand us.
— Adrienne Rich
Memory is a nutriment, and seeds stored for centuries can still germinate.

memory

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.

the past

The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds.

motherhood

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.

poetry concentration

Language is as real, as tangible, in our lives as streets, pipelines, telephone switchboards, microwaves, radioactivity, cloning laboratories, nuclear power stations.

language

In a history of spiritual rupture, a social compact built on fantasy and collective secrets, poetry becomes more necessary than ever: it keeps the underground aquifers flowing; it is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.

poetry

Probably there is nothing in human nature more resonant with charges than the flow of energy between two biologically alike bodies, one of which has lain in amniotic bliss inside the other, one of which has labored to give birth to the other. The materials are here for the deepest mutuality and the most painful estrangement.

mother mothers and daughters