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No one’s fated or doomed to love anyone.
The accidents happen, we’re not heroines,
they happen in our lives like car crashes,
books that change us, neighborhoods
we move into and come to love.
Tristan und Isolde is scarcely the story,
women at least should know the difference
between love and death. No poison cup,
no penance.

-poet Adrienne Rich on love, via Brainpickings

(That last line kills me.—Jessica H.)

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Galaxies of women, there
doing penance for impetuousness
ribs chilled
in those spaces of the mind

For National Poetry Day, a little bit of dearly departed feminist poet Adrienne Rich’s "Planetarium". She wrote (always, and without apology) from a woman’s perspective and about the everyday of women’s lives and minds. 

—Jessica H.

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