A Moment of Change: Adrienne Rich May 16, 1929-March 27, 2012

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich, one of the most influential writers of the feminist movement, died March 27 at 82 in her home in Santa Cruz, California. In the early 1980s, Rich was a distinguished visiting professor at Scripps College.

Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University and former Scripps professor of humanities, says, “I remember Rich reading poems at Scripps College that explored the tangled legacies of her father—a poetic exploration that brought me to tears.” Roth said that “in talking with her, one felt that inquiry and creation had become everyday dimensions of her life.”

Rich wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose, much of which dealt with identity politics from her perspective as female, lesbian, and Jewish.

A line from one of Rich’s poems is embedded on Scripps’ Inscription Walk, which runs along the south side of Revelle House, between the Scripps campus and the W. M. Keck Science building. Going east toward Keck are quotations from the sciences, and going west, towards Scripps, are ones from the liberal arts.

“The moment of change is the only poem.” – Adrienne Rich

Above: John Chandler, then-president of Scripps College, greets Adrienne Rich during her time at Scripps, circa 1980s.


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