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Friday Love Poems: “XVI” by Adrienne Rich

I’m a serious poetry lover. So April aka National Poetry Month is pretty much my favorite month of the year.  Last week, I spotlighted Robert Hass’s poem, “Happiness,” and I’m excited to share a new poem with you today.  This week’s poem comes from the late, great Adrienne Rich. Rich was a hugely influential feminist poet, probably most well known for her piece, “Diving Into the Wreck.” The poem below, however, comes from her collection of poems, “Twenty-One Love Poems.” They are a sensual exploration and celebration of the love between two women. Rich, who was married to a man and had children, spent the later part of her life with her longtime partner, Michelle Cliff. In 2012, Rich passed away, but her beautiful poetry is still very much alive. Continue
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Friday Love Poems: “Happiness” by Robert Hass

April is one of my favorite months, not only because beautiful Spring starts to bloom, but also because it is National Poetry Month. I’m a serious poetry lover. I read it on the subway ride to work, I send favorite poems to my friends, I even start my morning routine by reading a poem before checking in with my email and guzzling down my coffee. There’s poetry for every occasion, but some of the best poems are written about love or for a lover. This month, I’ll share one of my favorite love poems every Friday. This first poem comes from Robert Hass, a previous US Poet Laureate, professor of poetry, and author of multiple highly praised books of poetry, translation, and prose. This poem, “Happiness” comes from his book, Sun Under Wood. I Continue