[Local events] Fwd: Thu. 5/31, Memorial gathering for Adrienne Rich

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Wed Apr 18 13:17:57 PDT 2012


*Poet, feminist, activist, social critic, teacher, catalyst*

*1929 - 2012*

*THURSDAY, MAY 31^st **  7-9 pm*

*First Unitarian Church
Buchan Room**
SW 12th & Main
*doors open at 6:30 / reading begins at 7pm

Poet Katharine Salzmann invites you to join her and other members of 
Portland’s vibrant literary community in a celebratoryreading from the 
life & work of one of the 20th century’s greatest poets and thinkers, 
Adrienne Rich, who passed away in March of this year. There will be 
short testimonials and readings from some of Adrienne’s Portland friends 
interspersed with readings from those gathered, so please *bring your 
favorite* *poem, paragraph or fragment to share, time permitting.* If 
you are not familiar with Adrienne Rich, this gathering will be a 
wonderful introduction. Please join us.

Free and open to ALL.

In a tribute from Yes! Magazine this Spring, Madeline 
Ostrander writes, "We owe Rich a debt for unlocking the doors that 
barred the voices of women from art, academe, and the halls of influence 
for so long. And though she insisted on marking each poem with a date—so 
that it would stand in the historical context in which she wrote 
it—everything about her poetry still speaks with urgency and timeliness. 
Her work illuminates the dark, messy, often painful territory of sex, 
race, violence, and poverty in America but holds all of us responsible 
for taking power, ending suffering, and breaking apart social 
inequalities. In Atlas, she writes, 'A patriot is one who wrestles for 
the / soul of her country / as she wrestles for the soul of her own 
being.' This is what Rich did her whole life, and her poetry enjoins the 
rest of us to do the same."

**With many thanks to Soapstone & the First Unitarian Church for 
sponsoring this ad hoc celebratrion.
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