Adrienne Rich: “some who try to teach the moment, some who preach the moment”

18 Jan

from XI

One citizen like and unlike so many, touched and untouched in passing

–    each of us now a driven grain, a nucleus, a city in crisis

some busy constructing enclosures, bunkers, to escape the common fate

some trying to revive dead statues to lead us, breathing their breath against marble lips

some who try to teach the moment, some who preach the moment

some who aggrandize, some who diminish themselves in the face of half-grasped events

from An Atlas of the Difficult World

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