Archive for March, 2012

Adrienne Rich / ChilePoesia 2001

Adrienne Rich Reading

ADRIENNE RICH, 1929 – 2012 A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism

Adrienne Rich in 1987. Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

ADRIENNE RICH, 1929-2012 / The New York Times

Adrienne Rich dies at 82; feminist poet and essayist / Los Angeles Times

Adrienne Rich: Poems, Articles, Podcasts / Poetry Foundation

Adrienne Rich’s Touch Was Political / The Nation

Adrienne Rich: Resolution Amid The ‘Turbulence’ / NPR

Adrienne Rich 1929 – 2012 / Critical Mass

Adrienne Rich 1929 – 2012 / Poetry Foundation

In Remembrance: Adrienne Rich / Lambda Literary Review

Former President Jimmy Carter Speaks to the Subjugation of Women by Some Religious Leaders

Former president Jimmy Carter, after 60 years membership in the Southern Baptist Church, has left with the following message:

“At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities . . .

“The truth is that male religious leaders have had — and still have —an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.”

~  thanks to poet Margaret Randall for sharing these words.

Sampson Starkweather Strips it Down to Just Chapbooks / HTMLGIANT

Sampson Starkweather Strips it Down to Just Chapbooks / HTMLGIANT.

Censored: Japan Cuts Emperor Akihito’s Nuclear Comments from TV / Common Dreams

Censored: Japan Cuts Emperor Akihito’s Nuclear Comments from TV | Common Dreams.

Friends Read Friends’ Poems #1: Ana Bozicevic on Amy King’s “Men By the Lips of Women” / HTMLGIANT

Friends Read Friends’ Poems #1: Ana Bozicevic on Amy King’s “Men By the Lips of Women” / HTMLGIANT.

United States first lady Michelle Obama, (C) along with Yoriko Fujisaki, (2R) wife of the Ambassador of Japan to the United States, and local school children, commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1912 gift of cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. by planting a cherry blossom tree near the Tidal Basin in Washington March 27, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Poem for Japan, by Matthew Zapruder /


Poem for Japan

by Matthew Zapruder

all day staying inside

listening to a podcast

discuss how particles 

over the Pacific 

might drift 

I knew thinking 

whenever cloud

scares me 

I am not alone

my umbrella slept 

in the closet

I placed a few nouns

in beautiful cages

then let them out

touched with my mind

the lucky cat

asleep in the deli

I always scratch 

his head he slightly

raises to meet my hand

all over the remains 

contaminated shadowmen 

in blue suits that seem 

ecclesiastical now 

that science is 

a religion crawl 

the emperor 

everyone has forgotten

is speaking 

no one knows 

how to be 

loving and also 

hope the wind 

in a certain 

and not another 

direction will blow

Poem for Japan- – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More.

Frustrated Senator Olympia Snowe Gives Obama an ‘F’ | Power Players / Yahoo! News

Senator Olympia Snowe / ABC News