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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

Adrienne Rich -- Poet

Host(s): Dale Davis and A. Poulin, Jr.

Tape order number: C-420

Visit Date: November 13, 1973

Length: 1 hour

Brief Summary: Rich discusses the idea of change-as-process as it relates to her life and her poetry; breaking from formal poetry was an important step for her to overcome the split between herself as a poet and herself as a woman. She sys that many women poets are actively writing against patriarchal structures. Rich also talks about the distinctive American pulse of life in the 1960s and 1970s that has given rise to a vibrant community of poets and their audiences.

Work(s) Discussed:

  • "The Will To Change"

Work(s) Read:

  • "Planetarium"
  • "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers"
  • "Translations"

Writers mentioned:

  • T. Roethke
  • D. Thomas
  • G. Snyder
  • C. Olson
  • W.C. Williams
  • R. Frost
  • W.H. Auden
  • T.S. Elliot
  • E. Wylie
  • L. Bogan
  • E. Dickinson
  • R.M. Rilke
  • R. Morgan
  • S. Plath
  • K. Horn
  • D. Levertov

The first challenge [of non-formal poetry], maybe, is of listening to your own voice and the sounds around you--the rhythms of life--in a very sensual manner....

-- Adrienne Rich

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