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Emotional Catharsis through Poetry
on August 29, 2007
I sat in a cushy green chair at Barnes and Noble reading these poems by Adrienne Rich and something unexplainable - almost impossible to put words to - happened to me.
I connected deeply to her messages, the words she wrote when I was a teen, might as well have been written right in the here and now. A lone tear slid down my face as I read about a woman in her 40's, like me, who was dying, not like me, who had a friend, like me, who wasn't sure how to support her in her time of need, universal.
I have experienced a lot of loss this year. The poetry of Adrienne Rich reached into my heart and let me express it more.
Isn't that what good poetry is supposed to be? A catalyst to awakening, cathartic, enriching?
Rich writes of power, female power.
She writes a poem about Paula Becker and Clara Westhoff (bride to Rainer Rilke, another favorite poet of mine.)
My favorite is "Transcendent Etude" which is, indeed, transcendent.
"No one ever told us we had to study our lives, make our lives a study..."
Study these poems and dive deeper into your life. You will not regret it.