Archive for March 29th, 2012

Adrienne Rich, RIP

by lizard

Adrienne Rich, a phenomenal poet and fierce activist, passed away yesterday at the age of 82.

Her book of poems Diving Into The Wreck won Rich the National Book Reward in 1974, which she initially refused to accept, though she later acquiesced, accepting the prize along with poets Alice Walker and Audre Lord, “on behalf of all women whose voices have been silenced,” Rich explained.

Over the decades, as Rich continued a prolific output of verse and prose, her streak of defiance remained strong. In 1997, while Clinton was in office, Rich refused to accept the National Medal of Arts, stating:

“Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage”

Below the fold I’ve included an excerpt from a speech Adrienne Rich gave, which is available in book form, titled Poetry And Commitment. The excerpt explains how poetry transformed a commander in the Israeli Defense Force. Continue Reading »


Just thought I’d throw this up as an open thread. I’m sure everybody’s got a take, an anecdote and/or a link. Maybe it’s all just a bunch of CYA by Engstrom, I don’t know. Go for it.

Via the Missoulian:

“O’Day said he did not believe the firing was directly related to a recent decision to allow Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson to practice with the team after a UM student filed a police report and received a civil no-contact order against Johnson. The women alleges she was sexually assaulted by Johnson; his lawyer has denied the allegation.
However, the firings do come on the heels of a university investigation into sexual assaults involving students, some of them allegedly UM athletes.”

Sure, not directly related. But when you add up about a hundred indirectly related bad calls…

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