One of my very favorite poets, Adrienne Rich, died on Wednesday. I remember very clearly the time I first read her work: I was in my first year poetry seminar at Sarah Lawrence, and her "21 Love Poems" were in the collection of poems our professor handed out. Her writing is an incredibly strong influence on my own, and I am very grateful for her words.
Here are some of my favorite lines from "21 Love Poems" (section 21).
"I choose to be a figure in that light,
half-blotted by darkness, something moving
across that space, the color of stone
greeting the moon, yet more than stone:
a woman. I choose to walk here. And to draw this circle."
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