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Poet Adrienne Rich Dies

STUART RAMSON

Award-winning feminist poet Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday at the age of 82. Her son, Pablo Conrad, said the cause of death was long-term rheumatoid arthritis. A Baltimore native, Rich became one of the most prominent feminist poets in the country. She also wrote passionate antiwar poetry as well as poems about the underprivileged. In 1997 she declined the honor of receiving the National Medal for the Arts, stating “a president cannot meaningfully honor certain token artists while the people at large are so dishonored.”