Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: Adrienne Rich's poems are relentlessly awake

to the complexities of representation, but they are less polemical--and more revelatory--than they are generally made out to be. Bringing something into view can constitute its own argument. Her poems often locate us in the aftermath of violence, forcing us to look closely and to consider what it takes to go on. They lead us into ruins, labyrinths, into the sunken slave ships and corporate wreckage lying just beneath the surface of the news. These architectures frame our reading. They build their passages around us.

from Artforum International: Adrienne Rich


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