In dear memory of Adrienne Rich and her striking collection of poems Sources. Dealing excessively with her own life experiences, the difficulty of identity and roots which she endured and entailing several entries aimed specifically at her own family and late husband with relentless honesty and heart-wrenching openness, Sources remains one of Rich’s most memorable, powerful pieces - this quote is taken from Section XXII:
No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors. (I make up this strange, angry packet for you, threaded with love.) I think you thought there was no such place for you, and perhaps there was none then, and perhaps there is none now, but we will have to make it, we who want an end to suffering, who want to change the laws of history, if weare not going to give ourselves away. - Adrienne Rich
All credit given to Rich’s creative genius in quoting from this poem.
Also, out of a means of curiousty and only if you have read this particular poem (and at the risk of sounding like an exam question…) - who do you think Rich is addressing in the section quoted above, XXII Sources.