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    One of my life's inspirational figures. I dearly remember her and Audre Lorde and all of the rapturous radical poets and playwriters, and writers bringing life in and around Rutgers in the '70s. RIP.

    ...when then-President Clinton awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1997, Rich refused to accept it, citing the administration's "cynical politics."

    "The radical disparities of wealth and power in America are widening at a devastating rate," she wrote to the administration. "A president cannot meaningfully honor certain token artists while the people at large are so dishonored."

    In 2003, Rich and other poets refused to attend a White House symposium on poetry to protest to U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:06:57 AM PDT

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