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15. Poetry of Liberation

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Adrienne Rich - Selected Archive Items

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[1617] Anonymous, Emily Dickinson (n.d.),
courtesy of Amherst College Library.
Portrait of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) sitting at table. Until recently, this was the only known image of Dickinson, a recluse who rarely left her home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson influenced many twentieth-century poets, including Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich.

[4312] Anonymous, Adrienne Rich (c. 1975),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-103575].
A feminist poet and activist, Rich challenges assumptions of gender and sexuality in her work and questions the nature of power. In "Planetarium," she writes, "I am an instrument in the shape / of a woman trying to translate pulsations / into images for the relief of the body / and the reconstruction of the mind."

[6932] Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in S.E. Asia, Pull Him Out Now: Join with the Hundreds and Thousands of Students, GI's, Women, Unionists, Puerto Ricans, Gay People . . . (c. 1970),
courtesy of the Library of Congress. Political poster protesting U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.
The antiwar movement linked and encouraged a number of other movements, including the civil rights movement, the Chicano movement, and the farm workers' movement. Many American poets protested the war, including Adrienne Rich, Robert Lowell, and Allen Ginsberg.

[7361] Anonymous, Vietnam War Protesters (1967),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration [NRE-21-KANSWICHCR-CR928- WICH1895].
Wichita, Kansas, protest against the Vietnam War. Antiwar protests were major cultural events in the 1960s and early 1970s. Many writers and artists participated, including Adrienne Rich, whose work became more explicitly political during this time.




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