The Death Of Adrienne Rich has created a vast plus deep void that doesn’t seem to be filled any soon!
She was a POET-ACTIVIST and for her Poetry was an engagement with the societal problems n political consciousness.
Adrienne was an open LESBIAN AUTHOR n had written a great deal on the issues related with HOMOSEXUALITY in a time when it was largely considered as a taboo n incite sharp criticism plus cynicism against it !
Adrienne Rich was much anthologized poets from america and her one of the earliest poems ‘AUNT JENNIFER’S TIGERS’ has always been A MUST in every anthology of poetry everywhere in world.
Adrienne’s journey as a poet or author was from PERSONAL PLUS LIGHT VERSES to POLITICAL RADICAL VERSES!
She always advocated for peace n equity in society and remained a bitter critic of war n capitalist way of governance all through her life!
Adrienne Rich was against the ‘IRAQ WAR’ and in post 9/11,wrote one of her last masterpieces :’SCHOOL AMONG THE RUINS’.
She used her personal experiences n observations of women’s life plus role in society as the bedrock of her brand of FEMINISM.
She became one of the foremost voices articulating about the space for women in social n political mileu of America.A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS N HUMAN RIGHTS,SHE WAS A REVERED PERSONA IN THE AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL CIRCLES!
Her refusal of the highest national award given to artists of America : NATIONAL MEDAL OF ART in 1997 on the grounds of the apparent chasm between her personal view of art n the administration’s neglect of the marginals plus disadvantaged people of society.ADRIENNE RICH WAS VERY VOCAL AGAINST THE GROWING WEALTH-DISPARITIES AND HAD CALLED FOR A RE-DISTRIBUTION.SHE WAS VERY MUCH SOCIALIST IN OPINION.SHE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE DISPLACEMENT OF EXILES,ALIENATION N IDENTITY.
THE DEATH OF ADRIENNE IS A BIG LOSS FOR ALL WHO VIEW LITERATURE AS A POWERFUL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE MYRIAD PROBLEMS OF SOCIO-POLITICAL NARRATIVES OF A NATION!
There won’t be a second Adrienne!
MAY HER SOUL BE BLESSED!