December 01, 2014
"The first time I read Adrienne Rich's essay "Jane Eyre: Temptations of a Motherless Woman," I was enthralled. I quickly searched her name on Google, found a video of her reading "In Those Years," and I wept openly in my classroom as my students filed in. Since that time approximately eight years ago, my love affair with her words has shaped the very foundation of who I am as a woman, lesbian, teacher, and thinker. I do not have the words for how much I miss her presence in the world. I wish her family the very best."
(North Little Rock, AR)
August 08, 2012
"Adrienne you are the one who taught me to hide the smallest seed pearls between my breasts and take joy in my unbound feet Pamela Thomas"
April 28, 2012
"Wow. What a loss. Thank you, Adrienne, for your fabulous contributions to this world and our community. I am honored to have heard you read aloud, at home in Santa Cruz, a few times but it will never be enough..."
April 12, 2012
In memory of your life and ongoing spirit
we have released leis in the waters of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to say mahalo for your life at sunset today..
Love from Dr Vincent and Mary Ellen...
until we meet again....."
Vincent and Mary Ellen Mark
April 10, 2012
"Adrienne Rich has narrated important phases of my life since I discovered her work at age 15, 50 years ago. Most often I repeat to myself “Two women together is a work nothing in civilization has made simple.” She also wrote “our maps were out of date by years” and she helped to draw new maps. I frequently re-read the essay ON LIES, SECRETS, AND SILENCES for the rigorous and unstinting standard it sets for truth in our relationships and dealing with others. I met her and heard her read several times, and am in awe of her gimlet intelligence and use of language. Her poetry was read at my wedding, and will be read at my funeral. Indeed, a great light is gone but not extinguished."