Elizabeth Willis

  • Adrienne Rich

    ELIZABETH WILLIS

    WHEN THE POET ADRIENNE RICH appeared on the front page of the New York Times on March 29—two days after her death at age eighty-two—she was sitting just below the fold, an article on Syrian refugees at the Libyan border hovering over her. Beside her, daffodils were growing in London’s St. James’s Park; the US Supreme Court was hearing arguments about health insurance; a fossil foot discovered in Ethiopia suggested the existence of a previously unknown prehuman species. Below her, the “Vogue of the veiled”: a Turkish fashion magazine’s renderings of Muslim life; the