Adrienne Rich dies
A Poem for Adrienne
Another obituaryWe were filled with the strong wine
of mutual struggle, one joined loud
and sonorous voice. We carried
each other along revolting, chanting,
cursing, crafting, making all new.
First Muriel, then Audre and Flo,
now Adrienne. I feel like a lone
pine remnant of virgin forest
when my peers have met the ax
and I weep ashes.
Yes, young voices are stirring now
the wind is rising, the sea boils
again, yet I feel age sucking
the marrow from my bones,
the loneliness of memory.
Their voices murmur in my inner
ear but never will I hear them
speak new words and no matter
how I cherish what they gave us
I want more, I still want more.
Copyright 2012 Marge Piercy
Photo of (left to right) Audre Lorde, Meridel Le Sueur and Adrienne Rich (who died March 27, at age 82) in 1980, from Wikimedia Commons
GC Notes: My favorite reading of Rich's was/is Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying which shaped my feminism. I still read it to get centered.
This is what I wrote for Marge:
I am with you Marge Piercy. Your poetry has been my friend since the 1970's. We are all still in the sisterhood, although now it is like "Tribes" by Martha Courtot.
"We meet in dying cities,..exchange directions...tips for keeping safe...we meet in temporary country homes, sing songs,exchange stones...and then we leave going in different directions"
At feministe they are trashing Rich, calling her transphobic, as all true feminists are against transsexualism. If you wonder why FEMINISTS are against it, read this link below as I am tired of giving the boys any more of my time. As for feministe, I knew what they were five years ago.
Men in Ewes' Clothing : The Stealth Politics of the Transgender Movement compiled by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
Transsexuals also celebrated the death of Mary Daly and Andrea Dworkin. The deaths of the second wave clears the path toward their take over of women's space. The reason they are so thuggish in their insistence in being afforded acceptance as "real" women is that they have taken half the money allotted to Women's Studies and they want more. They want the jobs, and money in academia and all the other areas traditionally held for feminists and woman born women. They want to take over and present their inauthentic politics - the politics of stereotypes, of gender roles as the politics of women's rights under the banner of intersectionality. For this they need their pathology accepted and their gender assignment legitimised. In Women and Honor, Rich discusses lying (passing/posing) in the way every woman will understand.
And the weaker women among us are bullied into tolerance under the guise of human rights. Cutting their own throats and the throats of their sisters while glorifying the traditional woman's nurturing and acceptance of the abuser.