Today marks five years since the death of Adrienne Rich, the incredible poet, essayist and feminist activist. I’ve been thinking about Rich a lot lately; so much of what she has written feels…
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Collected Poems: 1950-2012, Adrienne Rich (intro, Claudia Rankine) (April, W. W. Norton & Company)
Over a half-century’s worth of pathbreaking work, without which a vast cut of present poetry would never have been written and would otherwise be impossible to contemplate. And it’s introduced by Claudia Rankine. No more necessary book of American poetry will be published this year.
Rich begins by considering the perilous interplay of the market and the mind in capitalist culture:
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keeping in mind the words of the poet Pierre Joris, ". . . I make the arrogant claim that the poet is possibly the last, in Robert Kelly’s words, ‘scientist of the whole… to whom all data whatsoever are of use.’ . . . The prerogative of the poet is to steal directly whatever is of use, without needing to theoretically kowtow via analysis, explicatio, critical cloning or proof of pc allegiance."