“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be
confusing, disorienting, and painful. This awakening of dead or sleeping con-
sciousness has already affected the lives of millions of women, even those who don’t
know it yet. It is also affecting the lives of men, even those who deny
its claims upon them. The argument will go on whether an oppressive economic class
system is responsible for the oppressive nature of male/female relations, or
whether, in fact, the sexual class system is the original model on which all the
others are based. But in the last few years connections have been drawn between
our sexual lives and our political institutions, which are inescapable and illumi-
nating. The sleepwalkers are coming awake, and for the first time this awakening has a collective reality; it is no longer such a lonely thing to open one’s eyes”–Adrienne Rich
I love that.
It’s no longer such a lonely thing to open one’s eyes.
Isn’t that the truth?
Adrienne Rich passed away yesterday. It’s a sad world that won’t get more of her words. She put words together so beautifully, so clearly stating the thoughts that are forever scrambled in my brain, trying to make it out onto the page.
She speaks clearly about motherhood, marriage and how her life was different, and how she wanted more than what these things were supposed to bring.
“…to be a female human being trying to fulfill traditional female functions in a traditional way is in direct conflict with the subversive function of the imagination.”
Godspeed Ms. Rich…I miss you already.
In other news…
Tickets for the performance of Listen To Your Mother are on sale. They are general admission, so know that as you make your arrival plans.