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.
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