Adrienne Rich (1929–2012) was an American poet, essayist, and feminist. She is known for her truthful and often confrontational work and is recognized for bringing the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront in poetry. She was involved in anti-war, civil rights, and feminist movements, and received many awards in her lifetime, including the National Book Award and the the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award.
In The Aesthetics of Power, Claire Keyes examines the shape and scope of Rich's poetry as it applies to Rich's female aesthetic. Keyes uncovers the process by which Rich embraces, then rejects, accepted uses of power, achieving a vision of beneficent female power.
Adrienne Rich’s influential and landmark investigation concerns both the experience and the institution of motherhood. The experience is her own―as a woman, a poet, a feminist, and a mother―but it is an experience determined by the institution, imposed on all women everywhere.
This feminist classic (first published in 1982) presents a chorus of voices exploring their authentic spirituality. The essays are active rather than reactive, revolutionary rather than reformist, and express a broad political awareness.