streams black, the merman in his armored body
We circle silently about the wreck
we dive into the hold. ...
We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to the scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
our names do not appear.
(extract: Diving Into The Wreck by Rich)
I was sad to hear that Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. Of Woman Born by Rich was the first feminist book I read, or was aware of reading (before I cottoned on that Red Riding Hood was a call to arms!)
"The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet."