BURNING ONESELF OUT – Poetry, by Adrienne Rich

burning1.1She is best known as a key figure in feminist poetry. For she, transformation goes beyond the act of writing, and Adrienne Rich (1929/2012) delineated her poetics relatively early in her career in a 1971 essay. The form of her poems, also you can discover that has evolved with her content, moving from tight formalist lyrics to experimental poems, also using a combination of techniques. Her frank discussion of lesbian sexuality, have contributed to a more open discussion of homosexuality. Her essays and poetry (from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s), have been considered her most radical, and she also critcizes the impact of patriarchical culture on motherhood.burning2.1

BURNING ONESELF OUTWe can look into the stove tonight as into a mirror, yes. The serrated log, the yellow-blue gaseous core, the crimson-flittered grey ash, yes. I know inside my eyelids, and underneath my skin. Time takes hold of us like a draft, upward, drawing at the heats in the belly, in the brain. You told me of setting your hand into the print of a long-dead Indian, and for a moment, I knew that hand, that print, that rock, the sun producing powerful dreams. A word can do this, or, as tonight, the mirror of the fire of my mind, burning as if it could go on, burning itself, burning down, feeding on everything, till there is nothing in life that has not fed that fire.



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