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A poem for Adrienne

The impact of Adrienne Rich on poetry in America since the second half of the twentieth century has been enormous. Too richly talented to be ignored by the literary establishment, she was at the same time too politically oriented to be comfortably digested.

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We 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, originally posted at the Ms. blog.

Learn more about Marge Piercy in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia and Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution.

Topics: Poetry
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Piercy, Marge. "A poem for Adrienne." 30 March 2012. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on March 3, 2024) <http://jwa.org/blog/poem-for-adrienne>.