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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Poetry Tuesday: Adrienne Rich

In honor of Bill Drenttel's link on Design Observer.

Adrienne Rich was awarded the US National Book Foundation 2006 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters last week.

November 1968

you're beginning to float free
up through the smoke of brushfires
and incinerators
the unleafed branches won't hold you
nor the radar aerials

You're what the autumn knew would happen
after the last collapse
of primary color
once the last absolutes were torn to pieces
you could begin

How you broke open, what sheathed you
until this moment
I know nothing about it
my ignorance of you amazes me
now that I watch you
starting to give yourself away
to the wind



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