American Muse: Adrienne Rich


American Muse: Adrienne Rich

“Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.” – Adrienne Rich

“At Willard Brook”

Spirit like water

moulded by unseen stone

and sandbar, pleats and funnels

according to its own

submerged necessity —

to the indolent eye

pure wilfulness, to the stray

pine-needle boiling

in that cascade-bent pool

a random fury: Law,

if that’s what’s wanted, lies

asking to be read

in the dried brook-bed.


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