Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women.

The connections between and among women are the most feared the most problematic and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.

Adrienne Rich Women Quotes

The mother’s battle for her child with sickness with poverty with war with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle waged in love and in the passion for survival.

Adrienne Rich War Quote

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.

The repossession by women of our bodies will bring far more essential change to human society than the seizing of the means of production by workers.

The moment of change is the only poem.

Adrienne Rich Poetry Quotes

They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide than a life of famine and suicide…?

Adrienne Rich Death Quote