Rich, Adrienne

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

Rich, Adrienne

Adrienne Rich, 1929–2012, American poet, b. Baltimore, grad. Radcliffe, 1951. From the 1970s on her volumes of exquisitely wrought verse increasingly reflected feminist and lesbian themes. Among her two dozen poetry collections are A Change of World (1951), Diving into the Wreck (1973), The Dream of a Common Language (1978), A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far (1981), Your Native Land, Your Life (1986), Time's Power (1989), Dark Fields of the Republic (1996), and Tonight No Poetry Will Serve (2011). Her volumes of feminist theory and criticism include Of Women Born (1976), On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (1979), and Blood, Bread, and Poetry (1986). Her prose reflections on the function of poetry are in What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (1993).

See her Collected Early Poems: 1950–1970 (1993); biography by A. Sickels (2005); studies by J. R. Cooper (1984), C. Keyes (1986), C. Werner (1988), A. Templeton (1994), and C. C. Langdell (2004).

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