July Poetry, Day 2 – North American Time

Posted: July 3, 2012 in photography, poetry
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Today a piece by Adrienne Rich, a piece I really like, advice to all of us, hard to follow and addressing an issue I’ve personally struggled with, but the best art contains truth, enjoy ~ ZDB

Photo by Rich Krissel

North American Time
By Adrienne Rich

I
When my dreams showed signs
of becoming
politically correct
no unruly images
escaping beyond border
when walking in the street I found my
themes cut out for me
knew what I would not report
for fear of enemies’ usage
then I began to wonder
 
II
Everything we write
will be used against us
or against those we love.
These are the terms,
take them or leave them.
Poetry never stood a chance
of standing outside history.
One line typed twenty years ago
can be blazed on a wall in spraypaint
glorify art as detachment
or torture of those we
did not love but also
did not want to kill
We move but our words stand
become responsible
and this is verbal privilege
 
III
Try sitting at a typewriter
one calm summer evening
at a table by a window
in the country, try pretending
your time does not exist
that you are simply you
that the imagination simply strays
like a great moth, unintentional
try telling yourself
you are not accountable
to the life of your tribe
the breath of your planet

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