Adrienne Rich on What Poetry Makes Possible

March 30, 2012

The acclaimed poet and activist Adrienne Rich — who died on March 27, 2012 — talks with Bill Moyers about poetry and modern life, and also reads from her work as part of “The Heart of Things,” a segment from Bill Moyers’ 1995 series The Language of Life. The segment includes other poets was well.

Poetry comes out of “points of stress” in our society, the National Book Award winner tells Moyers, and reflects on “what makes it possible for us to continue as human, under the barrage of brute violence, numbing indifference, trivialization and shallowness that we endure.”

Rich wrote over 30 books of poetry and prose,  and was a “poet of towering reputation and towering rage… distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity” according to this New York Times tribute, written shortly after her death.

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  • Anonymous

     No poet sings because he must sing. At least no
    great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing

  • ElizaBeth GoodmanHallowell

    I have been blessed to meet and hear Bill Moyers in person twice in the last two years hear in MN.  I look forward to watching this interview again with Adrienne Rich conducting together with Bill Moyers. I am deeply blessed as son Glenn has been along his path to know and hear and read and see them both. Elizabeth Irene Goodman Hallowell in Minneapolis, MN